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AEOI official: Europe should know that Iran's N-program is irreversible

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 31, IRNA
Iran-EU-Nuclear issue
An official of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) here Tuesday called on European states to accept realities and the fact that Iran's decision to pursue nuclear energy is irreversible when they meet in Vienna on Thursday.

AEOI Deputy Head for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference on nuclear energy in Tehran University.

Representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, Russia, France, Britain and the United States) plus Germany (5+1 Group) are meeting in Vienna, Austria tomorrow to discuss Iran's nuclear case and finalize a package of incentives to be offered to Iran in exchange for suspension of its nuclear activities.

"If the Europeans refuse to acknowledge the nuclear progress achieved by Iran they will face problems in their next steps" in the negotiation process, Saeedi said.

"Iran's nuclear program is completely transparent. The world should accept and respect current realities in Iran and take these into consideration in their future decisions," Saeedi added.

He stressed that Iran has the resources to complete the nuclear fuel cycle.

"Iran is perfectly capable of constructing nuclear power plants inside its territory."

Noting that Iran is currently in the development stage of nuclear production, Saeedu said development of the Bushehr power plant and production of some of its fuel inside the country would be the next steps.

Pointing to tomorrow's meeting of the 5+1 Group, he was optimistic negotiations would bear fruit provided the "Europeans were willing to accept Iran's rational and wise proposals in reaching decisions."

He stressed the importance of continuing the current research work of Iranian scientists, saying "suspension of nuclear research even for a brief period is impossible given Iran's potentials."

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