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Iran, Tehran, Feb. April 9
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran will not close the Arak heavy-water reactor,
Iran's deputy foreign minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that Iran will use up-to-date technology at the reactor, to lower the concerns of the facility's activities.
Araqchi also noted that the West is coming close to understanding Iran's point of view in regards to Arak heavy-water reactor.
Araqchi made the remarks after the first day of nuclear talks with negotiators from the P5+1 group of countries, including China, Germany, France, Russia, the UK, and US in Vienna.
He went on to note that Tehran and the P5+1 group have discussed all the topics included in the interim Geneva deal signed between the two sides back in November.
"There are different viewpoints regarding the time frame for the completion of the talks but a final agreement is possible in less than six months," he said.
"Tehran would continue its uranium enrichment program which was not on the agenda of negotiations," he explained.
He added that the two sides only touched upon the scope and the level of enrichment.
In response to the US Secretary of State's latest accusations that Iran was seeking a nuclear bomb, Araqchi said Tehran has nothing to hide as all aspects of its nuclear program are peaceful.