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Iran's industrial scale fuel production a prelude to talks, says official

Natanz, Isfahan prov, April 9, IRNA - The news of Iran's entry into the stage of nuclear fuel production on an industrial scale can be a good prelude for resumption of dialogue.

"That's a good prelude for resumption of dialogue so that we can find a good solution to Iran's nuclear problem," said Expediency Council member Ali Aqamohammadi in an interview with reporters at the end of celebrations, marking the National Day of Nuclear Technology.

Aqamohammadi said that it is a source of pride that Iran is among the world's industrial nuclear fuel producers.

"I announce with pride that dear Iran has from today been placed among producers of nuclear fuel on an industrial scale," said Aqamohammadi, adding that Iran is not for concealment of its peaceful nuclear activities.

He said Iran's strategy is based on cooperation with the international community to find a suitable solution and offer proper guarantees.

"We offer the world the message of peace and friendship so as the allay the West's concern and anxiety," he said.

Asked to comment on the UN Security Council's anti-Iran resolutions, Aqamohammadi said, "Resolution is not the solution to Iran's nuclear problem and I do not think the world community would be after any stalemate. They thought pressure is effective but they got negative result. Naturally, they should seek a logical method, which is negotiation among the parties to reach an agreeable solution."

Also asked whether there is any possibility for Iran to reconsider its stances in the talks, he said, "If we enter the talks without any precondition, we can hold dialogue on all issues."

Saiedi: Number of gas fueled centrifuges to be known in 20 days

Natanz, Isfahan prov, April 9, IRNA - To get information on the number of centrifuges, to which the UF6 gas has been injected, one should wait until the next 20 days, said an Iranian nuclear official here on Monday.

"I do not see it necessary now to announce the number of centrifuges to which gas has been injected; to know of number of the centrifuges one should wait for the next 20 days when IAEA inspectors present their reports," said deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Saiedi to reporters on the sidelines of celebrations at Natanz nuclear site marking the National Day of Nuclear Technology.

Saiedi said the number of centrifuges will be known when the IAEA inspectors present their reports.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Saiedi said that all Iran's activities, including the measures taken at Natanz uranium enrichment facility have been conducted with IAEA information.

He declined to comment on whether Iran's entry into the stage of fuel production on industrial scale meant injection of gas to 3,000 centrifuges.

Also asked how many centrifuges were needed for start fuel production at the industrial level, Saiedi said, "We enter the industrial stage after passing the pilot stage."

When questioned about number of centrifuges Iran used in the pilot stage, Saiedi said, "Our pilot stage included two cascades of 164 centrifuges; we passed the stage and entered the industrial level." In response to a reporter who said installation and operation of more than 3,000 centrifuges meant entry to the industrial level from the IAEA viewpoint, Saiedi said, "That's the view of you reporters."

President: Iran to generate nuclear power on schedule

Natanz, Isfahan prov, April 9, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Monday that based on the planned timetable, the Iranian government is determined to generate at least 20,000 MWs of nuclear power and also use its nuclear capacity in the domain of medicine, agriculture and industry.

The president welcomed all governments willing to negotiate and cooperate with Iran in the nuclear field.

Meanwhile, he called on those governments, which have so long refused to recognize the current realities and the Iranian nation's rights, to stop breaking laws, bullying as well as opposition Iran.

The president recommended the West to officially recognize the legal rights of world nations and stop monopolizing.

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