Over 50 Iranian envoys visit Fordo nuclear facility
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 29
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Over 50 Iranian envoys and heads of diplomatic centers overseas paid a visit to the Fordo nuclear facility today, Iran's Fars news agency reported Dec. 29.
The Fordo underground uranium enrichment facility, which has nearly 3,000 centrifuges installed, is dug deep into a mountain near the city of Qom, some 150 kilometers south of Tehran.
In October, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi strongly rejected western media reports claiming that Tehran has raised a proposal to the West to close its Fordo underground uranium enrichment facility near the Central city of Qom in order to have sanctions lifted against the country.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
The Geneva deal took effect on January 20 and expired on July 20.
However, the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
During a meeting held on November 24, 2014, the sides agreed to extend the talks for further seven months.
Edited by CN