|Iran will not halt nuclear research: Leader||
TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that Iran will not halt its nuclear research and development program.
“Consent was given to the nuclear talks in order to break up the hostile atmosphere created by the hegemonistic front against Iran, but all people should be aware that despite the fact that the talks will continue, the Islamic Republic of Iran will not halt its activities with regard to nuclear research and development,” Ayatollah Khamenei said during a meeting with a number of Iranian nuclear officials and experts held in Tehran on Wednesday on the occasion of National Nuclear Technology Day.
The Leader also said that the Islamic Republic will not abandon any of its nuclear achievements, adding that the relations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency must be “conventional”.
He added, “No one is allowed to compromise on (the country’s nuclear achievements) and no one will do so.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader said that the talks between Tehran and the major powers must continue and that the subject of the talks must only be the nuclear issue.
Iranian nuclear negotiators must not give in to unreasonable demands, he said.
Iran unveils new nuclear achievements
During a ceremony held in Tehran on the same day to commemorate National Nuclear Technology Day, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi inaugurated via video link an Oxygen-18 production unit at a heavy water production plant near the city of Arak and a new control room for the Tehran research reactor.
Salehi also visited an exhibition of the country’s nuclear achievements which was held at a museum in Tehran.
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