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Qashqavi: Enrichment of uranium to continue to produce fuel

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 29, IRNA


Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said on Monday that Iran will continue uranium enrichment to produce fuel citing the rights enshrined by Non-Proliferation Treaty.

He made the remarks in his weekly press briefing on Monday in Tehran.

"We regard uranium enrichment as our legitimate rights and believe that its suspension is an illegal demand," he said.

Qashqavi termed the recent UN Security Council resolution as a political statement and 'unjustifiable' adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is to continue its peaceful nuclear program.

Cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency are monitoring all Iranian nuclear sites round the clock.

"Now it is the western countries along with the group 5+1 who should answer our questions to prove their sincerity in confidence building for Iranian nation," he said.

"We are ready to continue cooperation within IAEA's Safeguards Agreement."

Criticizing the Resolution 1835, he said Iran's peaceful nuclear program does not require Security Council resolution.

On commissioning Bushehr nuclear plant, he said construction of the plant is in its due course and there is no sign of delay in completion and running the project.

On new allegations raised by US officials on Iran's involvement in Iraq's development, he said they try to put the blames on others through such baseless allegations and the only legitimate yardstick for Iran is the comments and views of Iraqi officials or its religious leaders.

On allegations made by United Arab Emirates foreign minister at UN General Assembly, Qashqavi said "All should avoid voicing comments which will be misused by others."

"We have a progressive cooperation with the countries in the region and hope that through expansion of mutual relations to witness constructive approach to this end."

He said that certain powers seek to influence the regional developments and that the countries in the region should exercise vigilance to prevent such measures.

Asked about Washington's plan to open an interest section in Tehran, he said Iran has not received formal request from the US to that effect.

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