P5+1 group sought to extend Geneva accord for years, Iran says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, July 22

By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the P5+1 group had sought to extend the Geneva accord for years, but Iran managed to persuade them to extend the accord by just four months.

An Iranian MP quoted Zarif as saying the P5+1 group was sensitive about the number of centrifuges in Iran and said that it will supply fuel for Bushehr power plant, but the Iranian side insisted it will produce nuclear fuel itself, the Mehr news agency reported on July 22.

Zarif had emphasized that the nuclear negotiators are acting fully in line with the Supreme Leader's guidelines and the wish of Iranian people and the MPs.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries agreed to extend their nuclear negotiations for another four months.

The two sides inked an interim accord in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi said on July 7 that "Iran needs 190,000 separative work units (SWU) of uranium enrichment capacity to produce the required annual fuel for the Bushehr NPP," echoing remarks by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Salehi further brought up countering examples, saying that if Iran used its most advanced centrifuges, which are capable of producing 24 SWU per machine, Iran would merely need some 7,000 centrifuges to meet the requirements of its Bushehr power plant.

Virtually all centrifuges currently operated by Iran are of the IR-1 type, and only have a SWU capacity of 0.76-1.2 per machine.

After Khamenei's remarks on July 7 that Iran needs 190,000 SWU for uranium enrichment, the figure became the main topic in Iran's nuclear case.

On July 16, The Iranian legislators in a statement appreciated the country's negotiators in nuclear talks with the P5+1, and meantime stressed that any final deal with the six world powers should endorse Iran's use of enough centrifuge machines to produce its needed 190,000 enrichment capacity for fueling Iran's power and research reactors.

Edited by CN

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