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Aghamohammadi: Decision to break Isfahan complex's seal made by heads of system (Part II)

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA
The Head of Propagation and Information Committee of the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said here Monday evening that continuation of talks with the EU is the best option ahead for Iran.

Referring to the negative economic and social effects of the 20-month suspension and the resulting damage on Iran nation's national pride, he expressed hope that this move would be interpreted relying on well intention of the West and that their future moves, too, would be in line with boosting cooperation and further strengthening ties with Europe.

He added, "Any antagonist move, or threat would naturally result in diverting the current trend from the friendly path we have jointly constructed to an unpredictable process, and they would be blamed for its negative aftermaths since it was the Europeans who delayed resentation of their proposal and ignored the need for meeting their commitments toward us, and they are all the same now adopting a threatening antagonist mood."
In response to the question, "Don't you think the Europeans' proposal, that would be put forth within the next few days can change Iran's decision in this regard?" he said, "If the Europeans have not included Iran's right to uranium enrichment in their proposal, it would be rejected by us, but if they have any concerns regarding the nature of our enrichment, and the activities in Isfahan UFC Nuclear Complex, we can negotiate over it."
Aghamohammadi said, "Continuing the suspension is out of question, but regarding the limits and restrictions to that activity, Iran is still ready to heed the Europeans' concerns and negotiate with them, because we still count on our talks with the EU."
Head of the Propagation and Information Commission of the SNSC added, "Yet, regarding the timing of resuming our enrichment activities we would consult our European partners and will not break the IAEA seals unilaterally."
Aghamohammadi elaborated on the nature of activities at Isfahan UFC Nuclear Complex elsewhere in the interview, explaining the reasons why Iran has decided to break the IAEA seal at present.

He said, "During our London talks we proposed that Iran should resume activities at its Isfahan plant at limited extent and under EU and IAEA full control. Talks were held on the mechanism of such limitations and we found partners who are ready to receive UF6 from us and deliver Yellow Cake to us instead, and the results in that respect, too, were quite tangible."
On Iran's proposal regarding resuming enrichment activities at Iran's Natanz Nuclear Complex, he said, "We proposed to the Europeans that we would act based on a multi-phased plan in Natanz site. In first phase, if we would reach agreement on it, we would make the site operational, and in later phases, based on mutual agreements, we would take further steps. Therefore, our enrichment proposals were based on a step-by-step plan, in which we were not expecting to resume all activities at once."
Aghamohammadi added, "The continuation of talks regarding fully activating the Natanz Nuclear Complex, too would proceed on condition that our activities would be based on standards of light water reactors. Based on Iran's proposals, the whole process would have been pushed forth under close and constant supervision of not only the IAEA, but also the EU."
Based on latest reports, Iran late Monday agreed to postpone resuming activities in its Isfahan UFC Complex for another 48 hours in response to a request made by IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBAradei so that IAEA inspectors would reach Isfahan at the time the IAEA seals would be broken.

Iran on Monday defiantly took the first steps towards a resumption of its long-and-unnecessarily-halted nuclear work.

Iran handed over a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that formally notified the UN watchdog of the imminent resumption of uranium ore conversion, the precursor to enrichment in the nuclear fuel cycle.

It then announced that in coordination with inspectors from the IAEA it was making the initial preparations to remove the seals placed on a plant in the city of Isfahan and then resume conversion activities after a nine month suspension.

The Islamic republic has yet to announce that production has started -- something it had originally said would take place Monday -- but emphasised the initial steps were mere formalities and there was no going back.

Inspectors from the IAEA are working, controlling (surveillance) cameras and making their own controls so that the seals can be removed," nuclear negotiator Ali Agha Mohammadi said on state television.

Iran has always insisted that conversion -- the process by which uranium ore is converted into a gas for use as a feedstock for enrichment -- is separate and less sensitive than the latter process and furthermore, that Iran's entire nuclear activities are aimed at taking peaceful advantage of the nuclear energy.



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