Saturday, September 04, 2004

Uranium enrichment heart of Iran’s nuclear activities

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TEHRAN (MNA) -- MP Heshmatollah Falahat Pisheh said that the recent report on Iran’s nuclear activities prepared by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei shows that the West cannot infringe on Iran’s obvious right to enrich uranium through the agency or by using technical and legal pretexts.

Criticizing ElBaradei’s report, which has left Iran’s nuclear dossier open due to minor ambiguities such as low-level uranium contamination of imported equipment, Falahat Pisheh rejected the U.S. claims that Iran’s nuclear activities are of a military nature.

He stressed that Europe’s ultimate goal is preventing Iran from gaining access to the complete nuclear fuel cycle, adding that Iran will open talks with Europe in this regard.

“We will not give them any concessions or forgo our right, for uranium enrichment is the heart of Iran’s nuclear activities,” the Majlis deputy said.

Majlis Education and Research Committee Chairman Ali Abbaspur said that Iran has gained access to nuclear enrichment technology despite economic sanctions, adding that of course the country will not give up this technology easily in the hope of receiving minor supplies from other countries.

Enrichment activities are not only necessary for manufacturing fuel for nuclear power plants but are also required for producing essential isotopes for industrial, medical, and agricultural activities, he stated.

Abbaspur referred to the EU’s proposal to sell nuclear fuel to Iran on the condition that Iran agree not to gain access to a branch of nuclear technology, saying that no government or parliament can deprive its future generations of their obvious right to access to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.

The Majlis deputy from Tehran stressed that the U.S. efforts to bring up the issue of Iran’s nuclear dossier during the frequent IAEA Board of Governors sessions have assured world public opinion of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities.

Political analyst Yusef Molayi said that Iran’s nuclear problem is not a technical or legal issue, adding that Iran should seek a political resolution in order to foster confidence.

Molayi added that ElBaradei’s report is only technical, saying that it has not referred to any legal ambiguity in regard to Iran’s nuclear activities.

The report has left Iran’s dossier open due to certain minor technical ambiguities, he pointed out.

The professor stated that instead of examining ElBaradei’s technical report the IAEA Board has become influenced by international relations and policies.

The IAEA Board has asked Iran to foster confidence about its peaceful nuclear activities in the international arena, but apparently there is no paradigm for confidence-building except for the measure carried out by Libya, he said.

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee spokesman Kazem Jalali believes that under the current circumstances the remaining minor ambiguities about Iran’s nuclear dossier have been resolved.

It is surprising that Iran’s nuclear dossier is still on the agenda of the IAEA Board, Jalali added.

The issue of the P-2 centrifuge and the fact that a great amount of nuclear contamination found in the Kalaye Electric workshop and in Natanz are related to the highly enriched uranium (HEU) contamination of imported nuclear equipment leave no room for ambiguities on the source of the 36 percent uranium contamination that was also discovered, he observed.

He went on to say that there is no international law depriving countries of the right to gain access to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes, adding that the West has no pretext to prevent Iran from gaining access to the complete nuclear fuel cycle.

A global consensus was not established against Iran’s nuclear activities and the accusations were not institutionalized, which is a sign of the failure of the U.S. policies, Jalali said in conclusion."

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