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Iran starts industrial production of nuclear fuel: Aqazadeh

Tehran, April 9, IRNA - Vice-President and head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Reza Aqazadeh said Monday that Iran's fuel production has now entered an industrial stage and the nuclear fuel cycle has thus been completed in the country.

Addressing the National Nuclear Festival, underway in Natanz nuclear site on Monday, Aqazadeh said that over the past year, 270 tons of UF6 have been produced in the country.

He said that undoubtedly, the project will as a big research, scientific and industrial work marks a big event in history of the great Iranian nation.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, head of Supreme Leader's office Mohammadi Golpayegani, presidential advisors and deputies, Experts Assembly members, cabinet members, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Majlis representatives, deputy ministers, local officials and foreign ambassadors were present in the ceremony.

President Ahmadinejad is due to give a key note speech on Iran's nuclear program shortly afterwards.

Larijani calls for genuine talks to reach understanding

Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan prov, April 9, IRNA - Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani declared here Monday that today Iran has full access to nuclear technology.

Larijani said that Iran is prepared to hold talks on the issue based on distinct principles to reach understanding.

He was addressing European states and the US during his speech to a gathering of clergies and scholars at Navvab Theological School.

"You cannot add any note to the rights of our nation and seek to convince us to give up our rights under the pretext of holding talks," he added.

Larijani said that if they believe that they can make us give up our rights and have us cornered, we can also cause bottlenecks for them.

"Iran's nuclear issue is not the basic problem. We have witnessed over the past 27 years that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been facing various challenges.

"They are mainly concerned about Iran's decisive role in the Middle East, its significant geopolitical position, highly skilled manpower and rich natural resources, which are tools of power," he added.

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