Iran denies plan change of its uranium enrichment work



www.chinaview.cn 2007-03-06 23:56:07

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TEHRAN, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Tuesday denied comments from the UN atomic agency chief that Tehran had casually slowed down the uranium enrichment activities, saying no change has been made.

"There has been no change in Iran's legitimate activities aimed at producing fuel, it's continuing its natural trend," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told a press conference.

Iran's state atomic energy organization also stressed Tuesday that "as planned, our enrichment activities in Natanz is continuing", the official IRNA news agency reported.

Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei has said in Vienna on Monday that it seemed Iran had casually suspended its enrichment work.

Uranium enrichment work is the key process for nuclear fuel production, or nuclear weapon. The United States, along with some other Western countries, has been accusing Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of civilian nuclear programs.

Tehran has rejected such allegations, saying that its nuclear programs are designed for peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1737 on Dec. 23,2006, demanding Iran stop all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities including research and development, and work on all heavy water-related projects, in 60 days.

Iran refused to heed to the Security Council's demand by the deadline that fell on Feb. 21, 2007.

Five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, the U.S., France, China and Russia -- plus Germany are scheduled to meet for an emergency summit in London Monday do discuss further measures against Iran's hardline stance.

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