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Soltanieh: West's reaction on Fordo politically-motivated

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-03853

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran called western reactions to the start of uranium enrichment in Fordo nuclear site "politically-motivated."

Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh said western reactions to start of enrichment activities in Fordo site seek "political purposes."

"The IAEA has been informed of Fordo enrichment activities since 2 years ago and the agency has monitored all stages including installation of centrifuge equipment," he told ISNA.

Soltanieh added the IAEA is monitoring all nuclear enrichment activities in Natanz and Fordo sites and its cameras are on round the clock.

Producing 20-percent enriched uranium is needed for Tehran research reactor working to make radiopharmaceuticals, he said adding activities of the reactor is all for peaceful purposes and the issue is reflected in all documents of the IAEA.

The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi announced on August 21, 2011 that Iran has started transferring the centrifuges of Natanz nuclear facility to the Fordo nuclear site under the supervision of the IAEA.

The US and its allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program and have pressured the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions against the country.

As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tehran insists it is entitled to utilize nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

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