Iran Defiant on Uranium Enrichment

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Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani
HE Mr. Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) delivers his statement at the opening of the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. IAEA, Vienna, Austria, 20 June 2011. Image-IAEA

Tehran is going to keep on producing uranium enriched to a 20 percent purity level in reaction to the demands of  Western countries. This was disclosed by Fereydoun Abbasi, Director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

It is worthwhile pointing out that Western countries have given a clear direction to Iran to stop higher-grade uranium enrichment.

But Iran is in no mood to bow down to such demands.

Iran is of the opinion that it requires 20 percent enriched uranium in order to run the Tehran research reactor, which is quite important for cancer treatment in terms of producing radioisotopes.

“20 percent enrichment is not an issue that the Westerners want to agree with or be opposed to or want to adopt a stance toward it. It is the right of the Iranian people, and we will not relinquish this right,” said an Iranian nuclear official on the condition of anonymity.

When media persons asked Fereydoun Abbasi of a possibility of a new round of meetings between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members comprising of the UN Security Council and Germany) regarding the nuclear program of Iran, he said: “Apparently no change is seen in their previous stance toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Several US based media websites have reported on a possible fresh round of talks between Iran and the UN Security Council members to take place soon.

However, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that that any calls for direct talks between the U.S. and Iran were meaningless as long as Washington continued to exert pressure on Iran through sanctions and other measures.

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