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News number: 8808111437

15:46 | 2009-11-02

Nuclear

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FM Reiterates Iran's Continued Enrichment Activities

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki underlined that the talks on purchasing fuel for Tehran reactor is in no way related to the issue of domestic enrichment inside the country.



"The purchase of 20 percent enriched uranium for the Tehran reactor has nothing to do with the issue of enrichment," Mottaki told reporters on the sidelines of the 12th ministerial meeting of the D8 Group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He noted that the enrichment process is underway inside the country, and stated, "Our first request is to purchase nuclear fuel for the Tehran reactor but if we do not reach a conclusion on the issue, fuel production with the 20 percent enriched uranium inside Iran will be considered."

The Iranian foreign minister further told reporters in Kuala Lumpur that talks in Vienna have only focused on supplying fuel for Iran's research reactor in Tehran, adding that uranium enrichment for other reactors, other than the Tehran reactor, has not been ceased.

Representatives from Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and three western states (Russia, France and the US) held three days of talks in Vienna on October 19 on the supply of nuclear fuel for Tehran reactor which needs highly (20%) enriched uranium for producing radiomedicine.

Following the talks, the IAEA offered a deal to Iran on the supply of fuel for the reactor. The IAEA-brokered deal is expected to supply uranium enriched up to 20 percent for the Tehran reactor which provides over 200 hospitals across the country with medical isotopes for treating cancer.

The reactor is currently using enriched uranium of up to 20 percent, but Tehran is close to running out of the fuel it requires.

Iran's uranium enrichment facility in the central city of Natanz only enriches uranium between 3.5 and 5 percent for use in nuclear power generation plants.