|‘Iran shouldn’t have sought recognition for enrichment because it is an absolute right’||
TEHRAN – The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says Iran actually made a mistake by turning to certain world powers to recognize its right to uranium enrichment because Iran as a signatory to the NPT has absolute right to produce nuclear fuel for civilian purposes.
“We should not have entered such an issue. Because we fundamentally are entitled to this right,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi during a meeting with a number of students in Tehran on Monday.
As a signatory to the NPT, Iran has been systematically entitled to nuclear rights and no one can divest an NPT signatory of its rights, he explained.
Kamalvandi went on to say, “If the U.S. had the ability, it would eliminate every nut and bolt of our nuclear energy industry, but it cannot (do that).”
In December 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama said, “If I had an option, if we could create an option in which Iran eliminated every single nut and bolt of their nuclear program, and foreswore the possibility of ever having a nuclear program, and, for that matter, got rid of all its military capabilities, I would take it,” he said, then added, “But that particular option is not available.”
Iran agreed under a November 24 deal with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) to shelve its 20 percent enrichment. It has since diluted some of this uranium to a lower concentration and converted some into uranium oxide.
Iran stopped 20 percent enrichment in January, but it is allowed under the November pact to keep producing uranium refined to up to 5 percent.
The AEOI spokesman further noted that if the other side does not honor its pledges stipulated in the interim deal, “we will be able to undo everything to the previous state of three months ago.”
“We can convert our stock of 5 percent uranium to a 20 percent stock if necessary,” Kamalvandi added.
According to the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency published on Thursday, Iran has acted to cut its stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with the major powers.
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