Senior MP: Iran to resume 20% enrichment if talks with powers fail

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator warned that Tehran will resume its program for enriching uranium to 20% grade if the negotiations with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) fail to yield results.

“The relevant officials have declared to the Americans that in case of failure in reaching an understanding, Iran will rapidly return to resume (the operation of its nuclear program’s) earlier phases, including the 20% enrichment and launching new centrifuges and Arak (heavy water) reactor,” Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.

He underlined that the Iranian team of negotiators have just raised the least of their demands during the talks with the world powers and the Americans should pay attention and remember this, implying that Iran will never give up even an iota of the demands it has made in the talks.

In relevant remarks in June, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said despite the transient halt in Iran’s uranium enrichment above the 5% grade, the country has not and will not give up its right to enrich uranium to the 20% grade.

“Iran will resume enriching uranium to the 20-percent purity level, if the country’s nuclear talks with the world powers come to an end without an agreement,” Araqchi, also Iran’s senior negotiator in talks with the world powers, said at a press conference in Rome in June.

Iran and the G5+1 ended nearly two weeks of negotiations in Vienna on Friday with no final agreement between the two sides which was due to be reached before the July 20 deadline.

The two sides agreed to extend the talks till November 24 for brokering a final deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in a joint statement after over two weeks of talks stressed the need for more efforts and time to reach an agreement with the world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Zarif and Ashton who presided the negotiating sides, emphasized at the end of Iran-G5+1 negotiations that they have held different sessions in different forms and in a constructive atmosphere to reach a final comprehensive agreement.

Due to certain differences over some fundamental issues the two sides agreed to extend the Joint Plan of Action by November 24, they added.

By Fars News Agency


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