Iran says to attain industrial nuclear enrichment after 10-year agreement
Tehran, Iran, Apr. 20
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araqchi has said that after the 10-year restricted nuclear activity period envisioned in a prospective nuclear agreement with world powers, Iran will improve its nuclear enrichment to the industrial level.
The issue of enrichment was neither a need for our power plants nor part of the Revolution's tenets, he asserted. "It was to avoid giving up to unjust demands," he said, Nasim news agency reported April 20.
"Our nuclear program has been consolidated with a 10-year restriction and in fact our nuclear program must have an industrial future."
Commenting on the issue of Arak heavy water reactor, he said the Western claim that the facilities can be used for building nuclear bombs was rejected by Iran as false in the course of nuclear negotiations.
"They would tell us the reactor is able to produce 10 kilograms of plutonium per year, which can be used to build nuclear bombs, but we rejected that claim. We discussed the case many times; they even offered a plan to run the reactor in a combined heavy-and-light-water format. But after our experts examined the plan, we realized that it was not practical. After that, our nuclear scientists prepared a new plan on re-designing the reactor's core," he went on to say.
The nuclear negotiator said that the Iranian negotiation team has preserved the major part of the activities that it had planned for the Fordow and Natanz facilities as well.
Through a prospective deal is expected to be signed by June 30, Iran will limit its nuclear activities as a trust-building move toward the international community. In return, the economic sanctions on Iran's economy will be lifted.
The deal envisions a 10-year cooperation period between the Islamic Republic and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).
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Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran, follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand