Senior MP: US unable to stop Iran’s N. enrichment

TEHRAN (FNA)- Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi underlined the indigenized nature of the nuclear know-how in Iran, and said the US can never stop Iran’s uranium enrichment operations.

“The US is unable to stop the nuclear enrichment in Iran since Iranian scientists have acquired this know-how through their own efforts,” Boroujerdi said, addressing a ceremony in the Western city of Boroujerd on Thursday.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi expressed pleasure that the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers provides the ground for the country to export enriched uranium and heavy water.

“We are the only country among the 130 to 140 developing states that can export two of our strategic products to the international markets; enriched uranium and heavy water,” Salehi said, addressing an open session of the parliament in Tehran.

He downplayed the 10-year-long limitations on Iran’s nuclear activities based on the last Tuesday agreement between Tehran and the world powers, and said during this period the country will build more advanced centrifuges, will commercialize them and will run activities in Natanz nuclear enrichment facilities to reach the 190,000 Separative Work Units (SWU) and 1,000,000 SWU in due time.

“Therefore, the enrichment in Natanz will be maintained and the Arak reactor will remain a heavy water facility in nature,” Salehi underlined.

Iran and the world powers reached a final agreement in Vienna on July 14 to end a 13-year-old nuclear standoff.

After the agreement, the UN Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed a draft resolution turning into international law the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

All 15 members of the UNSC voted for the draft UN resolution in New York, setting the stage for the lifting of Security Council sanctions against Iran.

The text of the draft UN resolution calls for the “full implementation” of the Vienna agreement “on the timetable established,” and urges UN member countries to facilitate the process.

By Fars News Agency