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Iran will examine questions if IAEA takes a serious step: nuclear chief
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altTEHRAN – Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Fereydoun Abbasi has said that Tehran is ready to continue talks on the issues or questions raised recently by the International Atomic Energy Organization about Iran’s nuclear program if the agency takes a serious step to resolve dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear issue. 

“We have asked them to submit a number of their claims and provide supporting evidence and documentation so that we examine the matter,” Abbasi told IRNA on Monday.  

He insisted Iran will address new questions on the condition that the IAEA takes a serious step and shows it has the authority to resolve the issue. 

He added, “The IAEA should change the language of its reports on Iran because the Islamic Republic sees this language as unacceptable.” 

Moreover, Abbasi said Iran will only examine a limited number of questions about its nuclear program. 

“During our negotiations with IAEA officials, we made it clear that if talks are to be held on this issue, there should be a limit on their claims… because if new claims are put forward, certain member countries, which are opposed to our peaceful nuclear activities, will find an opportunity to raise news issues and fabricate new documents,” the nuclear chief explained.    

Iran has no plan to produce HEU 

Abbasi also said that Iran has no intention to produce highly enriched uranium with a purity level of greater than 20 percent.  However, he emphasized that Iran will not halt the production of 20 percent enriched uranium. 

He also said that the Fordo nuclear site will be dedicated to the production of 20 percent enriched uranium, which is needed to produce the nuclear fuel plates for the Tehran medical reactor. 

He went on to say that the production of 20 percent enriched uranium was transferred from the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility to the Fordo nuclear site because this site is a safer place for production of more 20 percent enriched uranium for new reactors.  

He added that the production of 3.5 percent enriched uranium will continue at the Natanz nuclear site. 

Iran plans to export radioisotopes

Elsewhere in his remarks, Abbasi said that Iran plans to become an exporter of radioisotopes to regional countries. 

New reactors are needed to achieve this objective, so Iran is drafting a detailed plan to build new reactors and will submit the plan to the IAEA for further examination.   

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