Tehran, April 25, IRNA-Iran's senior national security official here Tuesday said Tehran is not insisting on producing all its required nuclear fuel by itself.
Ali Larijani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), however, added the country never allows its production independence to be endangered.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, who addressed an international conference dubbed "Iran's Nuclear Energy Program: Policies and Prospects", noted there is no international rule on supply of fuel required by nuclear power plants.
US President George Bush has vowed to establish a "fuel bank", recalled the official, adding the proposal lacks international support and that Iran will have no alternative but to demand for fuel if it accepts such a proposal.
Wondering about recent remarks of US and European officials that Iran enjoys rich oil and gas reserves and does not require nuclear energy, Larijani pointed to two documents signed in the pre-Revolution era that contradict the West's claim.
Tehran and Washington inked a document during the Shah's rule on establishment of power plants for generation of 20,000 megawatts of electricity in Iran, the ranking official said.
Larijani also referred to a 1974 Iran-France agreement on construction of power plants and generation of 6,000 megawatts of electricity in Iran.
Article 4 of the Tehran-Paris pact says the (uranium) enrichment work, a part of nuclear fuel production process, is done on Iranian soil, he added.
Iran's oil and gas reserves at the time the contracts were signed -- more than 30 years ago -- exceeded today's reserves, noted Larijani, raising the question "Why do Americans and Europeans now claim that Iran requires no nuclear energy?"
"Before the victory of the (Islamic) Revolution, Europe stored 1,600 tons of yellow cake and 60 tons of UF6 that belonged to Iran," said the SNSC secretary, adding, "Europeans refused to deliver the mentioned yellow cake and UF6 after the Revolution.
"So the Westerners' disloyalty forced Iran to think of fuel production. Now they may give guarantees that Iran's fuel need will be met, but we cannot trust them because their behavior changed in the post-Revolution era."
"The agency failed to keep the matter on the right track." Rafsanjani dismissed US allegation that Iran has covert nuclear program and said that Iranian nuclear program is transparent and in conformity with Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
"Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran has adopted transparency on nuclear program and met all requirements of NPT.
"We decided not to hide anything and proved our goodwill to UN nuclear agency," Rafsanjani said.
He said that Russia could not fulfill its promise and now Bushehr power plant is going to be completed with a five year delay and at the same time, Russia says that it would not supply fuel for the time being.
He complained that IAEA sometimes provided enemies of Iran with pretext to orchestrate scenarios against Iranian nuclear program.
Rafsanjani said that the UN nuclear agency dealt with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) which admitted trying to produce bomb, with leniency, but, issues anti-Iran resolution while Iranian nuclear program is only civilian.
He criticized the halt to nuclear activities for the past two years for confidence building and said that Iran should have continued with research studies in the past two years too.
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