Iran insists it will not shut down any nuclear facility
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.10
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran insisted that it will not shut down none of its nuclear facilities and will continue nuclear fuel production cycle.
"Although some enrichment activities may be limited or restricted, but research and development activities will be expanded. In fact, none of our facilities will be closed," Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said in a TV program, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on April 10.
Regarding the Arak heavy water reactor, Salehi noted that Tehran can resume enriching uranium to the 20-percent purity level if the other side reneges on its obligations.
He added that a deal will also be signed between the two sides, under which a company from a country like China, France, or the US would be obliged to supply Iran with what it needs regarding the facility.
Stressing that there will be no limit to Iran's research and development program, the senior official said under a final comprehensive deal, Tehran will be entitled to a full nuclear cycle and the country will also keep its peaceful nuclear program without shutting down any facilities.
The latest talks by Iran and the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) ended in a framework agreement on April 2.
The deal would limit Tehran's nuclear activities beyond the NPT requirements to ensure the great powers of the peacefulness of the country's nuclear program, and in return it would lift all international sanctions on the Islamic Republic's economy.