Iran’s parliament calls uranium surplus report inaccurate

Iran Materials 10 October 2013 10:58 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 10/ Trend, N. Umid

The Public Relations Department of the Iran's Parliament called inaccurate the claims about Iran's surplus of enriched uranium which are attributed to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, ICANA News agency reported.

"Parts of Larijani's interview with Associated Press, where it had been emphasized that Iran had more enriched uranium than needed and intended to use it as a winning card in next week's negotiations in Geneva, are false and fundamentally inaccurate," the report said.

According to the Associated Press report, during his interview on Wednesday Larijani said that Iran has more enriched uranium than it needs and plans to use that as a bargaining chip at nuclear talks in Geneva next week.

"But we have some surplus, you know, the amount that we don't need. We may have some discussions about it," he said, referring to next week's talks with Western powers.

Larijani said the surplus of uranium would be discussed with Western powers in the context of possibly of halting its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which has been a key concession sought in the negotiations, the report added.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -Russia, China, France, UK and the US - plus Germany known as the P5+1 group will hold a fresh round of talks in Geneva on October 15-16.

Foreign ministers of Iran and the six countries held talks at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 26, with the main focus being on Tehran's nuclear energy program.