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Negotiator says Iran will uphold right to uranium enrichment
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA1(15).jpgTEHRAN – Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday that Tehran will uphold the right to uranium enrichment and will continue to do so.

He made the remarks in a question and answer meeting with students of the University of Science and Culture in Tehran.

The level and scale of uranium enrichment will be negotiated in the final deal and the Islamic Republic will make decision according to its needs, said Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs.

Iran struck an interim deal with the United States, France, Russia, Germany, Britain and China on November 24 in Geneva to scale down its nuclear program in exchange for some easing of sanctions. The deal took effect on January 20.

The aim is to hammer out a final deal by late July, though the deadline can be extended by six months if both sides agree.

The first round of talks to clinch the final deal began in Vienna last month and is due to resume on March 17, also in the Austrian capital.

Araqchi said that uranium enrichment will be included in the final deal, yet the level and scope of enrichment will be negotiated there.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Araqchi said that Iran will surely seek to include recognition of its right to uranium enrichment, lifting of all sanctions and normalization of its nuclear issue in the final agreement.

Expert-level talks between the sides are scheduled to be held in Vienna from March 5 to 7.

The expert meeting will focus on the preliminary issues necessary for the final deal.

NA/PA
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Last Updated on 04 March 2014 16:49