MP dismisses news on Iran halting production of 20-percent enriched uranium
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 25 /Trend, N. Umid, S. Isayev
Iranian MP Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini has dismissed earlier news about him saying at Tehran doesn't need 20-percent enriched uranium anymore, Fars news agency reported.
On Wednesday, Hosseini was quoted by Iranian Parliament's news agency (ICANA) as saying that "Tehran reactor fuel has been supplied with enough nuclear fuel and currently there is no need for production of 20 percent-enriched uranium".
"Tehran is ready to convert its stockpile of 20 percent-enriched uranium to fuel rods and remove concerns over its non-peaceful use," he said on Wednesday.
Member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee in his new interview to Fars, underlined that Iran continues to produce 20 percent-enriched uranium.
Iranian people's nuclear rights are not negotiable, he said.
The latest IAEA report put Iran's stocks of 20 percent UF6 (Uranium hexafluoride) at about 180 kg. Since 2007, the country has produced about 350 kg of this material - around 40 kg has been made into fuel plates for a research reactor, while the rest is in UF6 form, oxide form, or waste form.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany known as the P5+1, held a new round of talks on Tehran's nuclear energy program in Geneva on October 15 and 16.
Iran submitted a new proposal to the P5+1 during the Geneva meetings.
Iranian deputy Foreign Minister, Abbas Araqchi said that, the Iranian proposal set out a timeline of six months to get to a deal and that Iran hoped the next step, a new round of talks on the details of a deal, would take place within a month.
Michael Mann, a spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who headed the P5+1 delegation, said the Iranian proposal was "very useful".
Iran and the P5+1 issued a joint statement at the end of the talks for the first time.