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President Khatami: Iran will not resume uranium enrichment for now

Tehran, July 28, IRNA-The outgoing President Mohammad Khatami said in Tehran on Wednesday Iran reserves the right to enrich uranium but does not plan to resume it right now. Khatami, who was talking in his last press conference, made the statement in response to a question about the enrichment resumption, saying negotiations will continue.

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He expressed hope the country will some day enrich uranium, which is the country's sovereign right.

"Ongoing discussion revolves on activities of Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF), where uranium is not enriched," noted Khatami.

The president stressed that access to peaceful nuclear energy and fuel cycle is an inalienable right Tehran will never renounce.

The international body has officially announced that Iran has been fully committed to its peaceful nuclear plan and has not pursued military purposes, boasted the president.

Shifting to the Europeans' awaited proposal on Iran's nuclear program, Khatami said, "We expected the Europeans to take action earlier. They have to offer their comprehensive plan by early August.

"Iran will reject the Europeans' proposal if the freeze of enrichment is included."

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