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Iran confirms conversion of 20-pct enriched uranium into fuel ahead of IAEA talks

English.news.cn   2013-02-12 17:41:27            
 • Iran had started conversion of its high-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel.
 • Iran has made complete reports about it to the IAEA, said the Iranian spokesman.
 • Tehran's research reactor needed fuel for medical purposes and for producing radio-medicines.
 

TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday, a day ahead of the new round of nuclear talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed earlier reports that Iran had started conversion of its high-grade enriched uranium into reactor fuel.

On Monday, foreign media, quoting diplomats close to the IAEA, reported that the Islamic republic had resumed converting parts of its 20-percent enriched uranium into fuel.

The Iranian spokesman told reporters in his weekly press conference on Tuesday that converting enriched uranium into fuel is underway and Iran has made complete reports about it to the IAEA.

Mehmanparast said Tehran's research reactor needed fuel for medical purposes as well as producing radio-medicines, and Iran had asked the IAEA to provide it with the fuel as a part of the mutual cooperation. However, Iran did not receive any response from the IAEA in this regard, therefore Iranian experts started to covert the 20-percent enriched uranium into fuel, he added.

Referring to the upcoming talks between the IAEA and Iran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry official said that his country is prepared to remove the concerns of the IAEA over some aspects of the country's nuclear activities provided that Iran's nuclear rights on the basis of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) directives are recognized.

In case a comprehensive agreement is reached between Iran and the IAEA, Iran will consider the IAEA delegation's request to visit the Parchin military site, he said.

The UN watchdog and the Islamic republic met here on Jan. 16-17, but they could not "finalize the structured approach to resolving the outstanding issues on the possible military dimensions of Iran 's nuclear program." They agreed to meet again in Tehran on Feb. 13.

Asked about some Western reports that the IAEA Board of Governors will probably refer Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council in case negotiations between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog on Wednesday fail, Mehmanparast said that it would be "a mistake" to refer Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

On Tuesday, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that the IAEA should be careful about the leakage of " confidential information" about Iran's nuclear activities which are available to them.

The IAEA officials should notice that their system to save confidential information is "not secure enough" and since the Islamic republic has repeatedly reminded the IAEA of the point, they need to be more careful in their cooperation with Iran, said Fereidoon Abbasi, according to semi-official ISNA news agency.

"Make sure that, any media release about the activities of the (Iranian atomic energy) organization is made after the IAEA gets informed about them and, in fact, media does not discover anything (by themselves)," Abbasi said, adding that "The interesting point is that the confidential information about (nuclear activities) of our country is leaked shortly after (the IAEA) inspectors get informed" about them.

The Iranian nuclear chief's remarks alluded to occasional Western media reports about new developments in the country's nuclear activities which Tehran says are already made available to the IAEA.

Referring to the nuclear talks between Iran and the IAEA here on Wednesday, he stressed that it is necessary for the negotiations to be conducted "rationally" and disputable points are avoided so that ambiguities could be settled. 

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