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Iran to run first fuel plate complex: FM

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9007-17904

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the country would operate the first fuel plate complex in coming months.

He then referred to Iran's letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent three years ago through which Iran called for receiving 20 percent enriched fuel. The agency refused to accept Iran's offer and the country started fuel enrichment on its own.

Salehi noted despite reports released by foreigners claiming Iran is not capable of enriching uranium to that level of purity, Iran managed to carry it out in a week following the order issued by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

As to imposing sanctions on Iran, Salehi said, “Iran has always faced different sanctions and threats by western countries and they have become tougher recently. We were not economically and politically pressed that much over the past 32 years than we do now. It is a big challenge but we should use it as a chance."

Iran is under 4 rounds of the UN Security Council sanctions over its refusal to halt peaceful enrichment work. The West accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons, but Iran calls the allegation "unfounded" and reiterates that its nuclear drive only seeks peaceful use including power generation and medical needs.

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