TEHRAN – The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Tehran has never stopped 20 percent uranium enrichment, the Iranian parliament’s website reported on Wednesday.
“Twenty percent (enriched) uranium and nuclear plates are being produced inside the country and there has never been a halt in the production process,” Ali Akbar Salehi told the Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency (ICANA).
“Nuclear plates for the Tehran reactor are produced inside the country, and the needed fuel assembly is allocated for the reactor each month,” he said.
Earlier this month, MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, was misquoted as saying that Iran was temporarily halting enrichment to the 20 percent level.
However, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, later said, “Enrichment to 20 percent is continuing.”
The United States, Israel, and a few of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
However, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.