|Iran does not need to enrich uranium to 60 percent: nuclear chief||
TEHRAN – Iran does not need to enrich uranium up to a purity level of 60 percent, the country’s nuclear chief said on Saturday.
“We do not need 60 percent enrichment… and if one day we decide to use this energy to fuel ships or submarines, it is better to use nuclear reactors,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi said in a televised interview.
“However, if the MPs deem that 60 percent enrichment is in the country’s interests and make it a law, we will be left with no option but to obey,” the former foreign minister said, referring to the fact that a number of MPs have proposed a bill to oblige the government to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed against Iran.
According to an interim nuclear deal signed between Iran and the major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in November no new sanctions should be imposed against Iran. However, despite warnings by the Obama administration a number of U.S. senators are pushing a bill to slap new sanctions on Iran.
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