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Iran not seeking 60 pct enriched uranium: AEOI chief

English.news.cn   2014-01-11 18:01:51            

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran does not need to produce 60 percent enriched uranium, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali-Akbar Salehi, said here on Saturday.

His remarks came in response to the rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, who said in December that his country needed 60 percent enriched uranium for the operation of its submarines.

Salehi added, however, "If the parliamentarians consider enriching uranium to the level of 60 percent helpful for the country and turn it into a law, we have to obey."

Observers believe that occasional hawkish comments by the Iranian lawmakers is propagandistic measures to "withstand West's demands and pressures" in regards to Iran's nuclear program.

"In case the (West's) sanctions intensifies, new sanctions are imposed, Iran's nuclear rights are violated or the Islamic republic's peaceful nuclear rights are ignored..., the government will be required to complete the nuclear infrastructures in Fordow and Natanz (enrichment sites)," lawmaker Mehdi Moussavinejad told Fars.

Under such circumstances, "the government will (also) be obliged to launch Arak heavy water reactor," he added.

In November, Iran and the P5+1 group (United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) reached an interim agreement whereby Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear program in exchange for limited ease of sanctions which had hurt its economy.

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