BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhuanet) – Iran has voiced readiness to address the concerns of U.N. nuclear inspectors about its atomic activities in talks this week. But it insists that its "right" to refine uranium should be part of any agreement.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of Iranian Parliamentary Committee on National Security, said, "We cannot accept it when they want to visit the Parchin plant but instead ignore our rights and demands. On the one hand, they want to visit Parchin. On the other, they continue sanctions against us. We can never accept this. No matter whether they accept it or not, Iran has become a country that is making peaceful use of nuclear technology. We have already mastered the key nuclear technology. Even if they try to assassinate our scientists, they cannot take away our acquired technology."
The meeting in Tehran could provide clues as to whether Iran may now be more willing to help allay international suspicions over its disputed nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency hopes to reach a deal that would enable it to resume a long-stalled investigation into suspected atomic bomb research. Examining the Parchin military complex is another priority for the IAEA. The IAEA believes that Iran has carried out explosives tests with nuclear applications in the complex.
But Iran insists that Parchin is only a conventional military facility. After a series of meetings between Iran and the IAEA since January, western diplomats say they are not optimistic about the chances of a breakthrough in this week’s discussion.