Closure of Fordow nuclear site impossible: Iran MP

An Iranian lawmaker has dismissed the likelihood of the closure of Fordow nuclear facility in central Iran under foreign pressure.

“The Fordow site is not supposed to be closed. Iran will not give up its nuclear rights under pressure from others. Therefore, everybody knows that it is impossible for Fordow site to be shut down,” said Mohammad Hassan Asafari, a member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, on Tuesday.

He pointed to the recent visit by a team of Iranian MPs to the nuclear enrichment facilities in Fordow and noted that the parliamentarians were satisfied with the progress at the site.

“The activities of Fordow site have brought about extensive achievements for Iran in the nuclear arena,” Asafari added.

A team of Iranian lawmakers, headed by Chairman of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi inspected the nuclear enrichment facilities at Fordow on Monday.

In August, former head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi said the Islamic Republic has a total of 18,000 centrifuges, 10,000 of which are currently running.

Iran decided to enrich uranium to the 20-percent purity to supply fuel to Tehran Research Reactor, which produces medical isotopes for cancer patients, after potential suppliers failed to provide the Islamic Republic with the required uranium.

The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Tehran has categorically rejected the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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