TEHRAN, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic republic has not halted the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Saturday.
The remarks by the Chairman of Iran Majlis ( parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, is a denial of earlier assertions by another member of the commission who said that Iran had stopped the production of 20 percent enriched uranium temporarily.
On Thursday, the website of Iran Majlis (parliament) quoted Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, the spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, as saying that "nuclear industry of the country requires 20 percent enriched uranium as the fuel for Tehran Research Reactor, but this (research) site has now its required fuel and there is no more need for its production."
On Saturday, Boroujerdi said Iran's nuclear activities are being pursued as they were in the past, and Iran "continues the ( uranium) enrichment to the level of 20 percent," official IRNA news agency reported.
About nuclear talks between Iran and the powers, the Iranian lawmaker said in the recent talks between Iran and the P5+1, namely the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain plus Germany, Iran asked the powers to recognize its enrichment right and remove sanctions, adding that "We need to wait for the results of the negotiations."
Iran and the P5+1 countries held a fresh round of talks in Geneva on Oct. 15-16, and agreed to meet again in the Swiss city on Nov. 7-8.