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Ex-president Khatami explains Iran's decision on nuclear program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 3, IRNA
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Former President Mohammad Khatami said on Tuesday that suspension of nuclear program had been a voluntary action from Iran for confidence building with international community and Iran does not need okay from any other country for operating in line with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and safeguard agreement of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In reply to a letter from South African President Thabo Mbeki, former President Khatami said that enforcing international conventions does not need negotiations or agreement with other member states and no country can be expected to overlook its right enshrined by conventions.

Khatami said that Iran has exercised maximum flexibility for confidence building and believes that the other party did not make good on Iranian flexibility.

"That's why Iran decided to resume work at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) and at the same is prepared to proceed with negotiations with European Union (EU) in line with Paris Accord," Khatami said.

President Mbeki had called for Iran to review decision on resumption of UCF until a proposal from EU expected within few days.

Iran announced its decision to IAEA on reopening UCF in Isfahan and the agency is expected to dispatch inspectors and cameras to Isfahan for installing them on the site.

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