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Official rejects agreement on the number of centrifuges

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Nov 1, IRNA -- A member of Irans negotiating team on Saturday rejected news reports about an agreement between Iran and the US on the number of the centrifuges.

Speaking to IRNA on condition of anonymity, the Iranian diplomat said the negotiating team would not retreat from the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation to peaceful nuclear technology.

Certain Western media have claimed that Iran and the US have reached an agreement under which Iran have agreed to modify its demand for 22,000 centrifuges and rather keep the roughly 9,400 it's now operating and the US accepted a cap of 4,000 centrifuges, for three to five years.

Iran said that the western governments must lift the sanctions totally and immediately.

Earlier, Majid Takht Ravanchi, a senior member of Irans negotiating team said Iran would not accept gradual lifting of sanctions as well as artificial enrichment.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry are scheduled to meet in Muscat, Oman on November 9-10 to explore possible formula for agreement just two weeks before the November 24 deadline.

An official close to the Iranian negotiating team told IRNA that Catherine Ashton will also attend Muscat talks during which all the outstanding issues, particularly enrichment and lifting of sanctions will be discussed.

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