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Iran will continue uranium enrichment in its territory: Elham

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 29, IRNA
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Iran will continue enriching uranium for peaceful purposes in its soil, government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said here Monday.

Elham made the remarks during his weekly press conference.

"Uranium enrichment inside Iranian soil in accordance with rules and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for peaceful ends is Iran's main demand," he said in response to a question on the current visit of Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov to Iran.

Ivanov, who is accompanied by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak, arrived in Tehran Saturday night to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on Iran's nuclear program.

"Iran has good and regular contact with Russia. Talks with Russia will further continue on all issues of mutual interest.

"As announced by the secretariat of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), bilateral talks were very good and positive.

The main argument of Iran in its nuclear case is that the case should be review by the IAEA," Elham said.

"If the IAEA will take control of Iran's nuclear case, all international and legal supervision will be continued. This will be beneficial for all sides," Elham added.

He clarified that talk of Iran enriching uranium in Russia was not correct.

"The sides have not held talks on suspension of enrichment by Iran in its territory."
"Iran is conducting uranium enrichment in order to produce nuclear fuel. Enrichment by up to 3.5 to 5 percent is enough for this purpose," Elham said.

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