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Saeedi: No end to Iran's nuclear program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 11, IRNA
An Iranian nuclear official said here Friday that no end can be envisioned for Iran's nuclear program because nuclear technology worldwide is getting progress daily.

Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi in an interview with IRNA on Friday ruled out speculations over Iran's nuclear capability and over operation of centrifuges following an announcement that 6,000 new centrifuges -- the P1 generation type -- have been installed.

"There is no technical problem with expansion of centrifuges. We are to promote centrifuges both quantitatively and qualitatively. So, any decision to increase number of centrifuges should be in line with political will of the Islamic Republic of Iran," said Saeedi.

He said Iran's nuclear drive is consistent with a logical plan in tune with global standards.

"We have a logical plan matching global standards and we follow it step-by-step. We upgrade our technical capability away of politics and we adhere to our pre-planned schedule. As Americans today change their enrichment machines -- their gas diffusion units to new generation of centrifuges -- we too intend to qualitatively promote our centrifuges."

Criticisms were raised both inside and outside the country when Iran started to produce the UF4 and UF6 substances in 2005, operate the first unit of 164 centrifuges in 2006 and convert UF6 to uranium with the enrichment level of 3.5 percent, said Saeedi, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency, however, confirmed Iran's potential and technical progress in all the said cases.

He said that of course some countries have accepted and some others rejected Iran's nuclear advancement.

"The countries not accepting Iran's technical progress have to welcome it and the Iranian nation is patient and prudent enough in that concern."

He went on to say that unfortunately, nuclear fuel exports worldwide has become a political and security issue rather than a commercial and economic subject and there is no guarantee worldwide for nuclear fuel preparation.

The Iranian nuclear official said the idea of establishing a joint enrichment consortium in Iranian territory, as was raised by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the UN, is still valid and other countries and foreign companies can contribute to all Iran's nuclear projects, including uranium processing and enrichment and construction of nuclear power plant.

Saeedi said development of nuclear power plants is an undeniable necessity.

As for construction of nuclear power plant too a joint consortium can be established in Iran through foreign partnership, concluded Saeedi.


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