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Iran vows to preserve "peaceful" nuclear program

English.news.cn   2014-01-28 16:34:34

TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Iran will preserve and maintain its "peaceful" nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said here on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters in the weekly press conference, Afkham said "Final settlement of nuclear issue and preserving our country 's peaceful nuclear program top our agenda" in the negotiations with the P5+1 group, including the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.

In the meantime, Iran will remove "some logical concerns" of the P5+1 group, she reiterated.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said that Iran has reasserted its right to uranium enrichment and that the United States has come to the conclusion that the right is not up for discussion, Press TV reported on Tuesday.

"For a decade, there was only one concept in the West's mind, that there existed a 'zero enrichment' option only, and that Iran' s capability in uranium enrichment had to be stopped," Zarif said, adding that "Now, the United States, though belatedly, has come to the conclusion that it would not achieve such a goal."

Zarif said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also noted that the United Sates had to accept uranium enrichment in Iran as a fact which cannot be overlooked.

On Jan. 20, Iran and major world powers started the implementation of the first step of the Geneva interim deal clinched on Nov. 24, 2013.

As a part of the interim deal, Iran suspended 20 percent uranium enrichment as of Jan. 20. Iran also started the process to dilute and oxidize its 196-kg-stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium. In return, the West began to remove some sanctions on Iran's monetary and petrochemical sectors.

Editor: Shen Qing
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