|Iranian MPs draft proposal on uranium enrichment||
TEHRAN – A number of Iranian MPs have drafted a proposal to determine the country’s needs in the area of nuclear technology, MP Abolqasem Jarareh told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.
Under the proposal, Iran will enrich uranium according to its needs, Jarareh said.
At present, Iran needs uranium to fuel its nuclear power plants, but the country will need to use enriched uranium for other peaceful purposes in the future, he added.
The lawmakers’ move came after the United States on Thursday blacklisted additional companies and people under existing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
The U.S. sanctions measure against Iran has drawn widespread criticism from Iranian officials. A top Iranian nuclear negotiator has criticized the U.S. sanctions measure as “unconstructive”, saying it is against the spirit of the recent nuclear deal forged by Tehran and world powers in Geneva.
“The U.S. administration has been recently making efforts to prevent the Senate from imposing new sanctions on Iran, and on the other hand they blacklist a number of additional companies under sanctions,” Abbas Araqchi said, adding, “This double game and indecision is not to the benefit of the negotiation atmosphere and is against the spirit of the Geneva agreement.”
Iran and world powers clinched a deal on November 24 according to which Iran agreed to offer a number of concessions in exchange for limited relief from the sanctions imposed on the country.
Reuters quoted diplomats as saying on Friday that Iran, in what appeared to be a response, interrupted technical talks in Vienna with world powers over how to implement the Geneva agreement.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on the same day that he expected the implementation talks to resume in the coming days. “We have been hard at it in Vienna ... we are making progress but I think that they’re at a point in those talks where folks feel a need to consult and take a moment,” he said during a visit to Israel.
“There is every expectation that the talks are going to continue in the next few days and that we will proceed to the full implementation of that plan.”
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