Aqa-Mohammadi: Iran to continue nuclear talks with Europe
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Aug 2, IRNA
Iran is determined to resume activities at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility, said a top Iranian national security official to IRNA Tuesday.
Chairman of the Publicity and Information Dissemination Committee of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Aqa-Mohammadi said Iran has not started activities at Isfahan UCF yet and is going to continue its nuclear talks with Europe.
He said Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of its decision on Monday and is not going to change it.
The official further noted that Iranian experts were
coordinating with the IAEA to put the decision into practice because the whole thing has to be carried out under the IAEA surveillance.
He further expressed regret that western countries were trying to insinuate ambiguities to influence Iran's firm decision in resuming UCF activities.
On IAEA chief, Mohammed ElBradie's call for the postponement of the unsealing of Isfahan's UCF by two days, he said Iran has already informed the agency of its decision and the IAEA is only duty-bound to act within the framework of its responsibilities and other issues are irrelevant to it.
Describing resumption of activities at UCF as a natural and normal measure, he said Iran's recent decision could in no way be interpreted as an attempt against the EU-3.
"Iran still looks at Europe as its partner and will continue to negotiate with the European countries," he stressed.
Aqa-Mohammadi went on to explain that since the negotiations had reached an impasse, Iran made the decision in a bid to correct the current trend of numerous and meaningless delays.
He went on to express Iran's readiness to negotiate with Europe about the UCF activities as well as the selling of its products based on its own proposals or those of Europe.
Iran submitted a letter to the IAEA in Vienna on resumption of the activities of Isfahan UCF on Monday.
Based on the Paris agreement, the three European states (France, Germany and Britain) were supposed to present their proposal to Iran by the end of July.
But the EU3, in a recent letter to the Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani, said they would present the proposal in August and demanded that the deadline be extended by seven days which was rejected by Iran.
Upon receiving Iran's letter, the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday called on Tehran to wait for the installation of additional surveillance equipment at the Isfahan UCF before resuming activities there.
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