Iran dismisses reported decline in nuclear activities

Iran Materials 18 November 2013 19:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 18

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Spokesman of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi has dismissed any "decline or shutdown" in Iran's nuclear activities, ISNA news agency reported on Nov. 18.

He went on to note that Iran's nuclear facilities have not decreased activity.

Activity cannot be judged by only a few months of investigations, Kamalvandi added.

On November 14, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its quarterly report on Iran's nuclear program.

According to the report, Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity since Hassan Rouhani became president.

The IAEA also said that since August, no further major components had been added to a potential plutonium-producing reactor that worries the United States and its allies, Reuters reported on Nov. 14.

The previous IAEA report, issued in August, showed Iran rapidly adding to its enrichment capacity by installing 1,861 IR-1 centrifuges - machines used to refine uranium - at its Natanz plant since May to reach a total of 15,416.

The last round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five United Nations veto powers plus Germany, which is known as P5+1, ended on Nov. 10 without any result.

The next round of the nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 is scheduled to be held in Geneva on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.