Monday, 4 January 2010

TW - Iran Has Started New Phase of Peaceful Nuclear Activities

Iran Has Started New Phase of Nuclear Activities: MP

Monday, 4 January 2010

TEHRAN, Jan. 5 (MNA) – Iran has entered a new phase of its peaceful nuclear activities, MP Mohammad Karamirad said on Sunday.
He did not elaborate on the details of the new nuclear activities.

Karamirad, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, also told the Mehr News Agency that “based on international laws and the NPT, there has been no diversion” in Iran’s nuclear activities.

He said Tehran will not budge on its right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said if the West fails to answer to Tehran’s proposal for a nuclear fuel swap until February 1, Iran will embark on producing uranium with a purity of 20 percent for its Tehran research reactor.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the West should decide whether it wants to sell nuclear fuel to Iran or swap 20 percent nuclear fuel for Iran’s low-enriched uranium.

“This is an ultimatum,” Mottaki said.

Iran dismissed an end-of-2009 deadline imposed by the West to accept a UN-drafted deal to swap most of its enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.

Instead, Tehran presented another proposal, according to which the West should either sell the nuclear fuel to Iran or swap the nuclear fuel for Iran’s enriched uranium, to be delivered in smaller consignments instead of all at once as the UN plan calls for.

Cleric MP Hossein Ebrahim also said Iran will not wait for a long time if the West does not agree with Tehran’s nuclear proposal.

Ebrahim who chairs the Majlis Foreign Policy Committee said the deadline given by Iran was only intended to remind the West and the International Atomic Energy Agency that they should not lose the time.

“This deadline was merely an ultimatum to the agency and the West,” Ebrahim told the MNA.

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