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FM: Iran will comment on nuclear deal soon

Press TV - Following the approval of the US, Russia and France to an IAEA-brokered draft proposal on nuclear fuel supply, Iran's foreign minister says Tehran will express its views about the deal soon.

"We may give money to supply the fuel as we did in the past or we may deliver part of the fuel that we currently possess but we do not need," Mottaki told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday referring to the draft on supplying fuel for Tehran research reactor.

"Making a decision about the two options is on Iran's agenda. We will announce our decision within the next few days," he added.

The deal is expected to supply uranium enriched up to 20 percent for the Tehran reactor, which produces medical isotopes for treating cancer to more than 200 hospitals across the country.

The proposal was drafted after delegates from Iran, France, Russia and the United States as well as experts from the UN nuclear watchdog gathered in Vienna on October 19 and discussed the uranium deal.

The Iranian minister reiterated that Iran would continue its legal activities on peaceful nuclear technology and said, "This issue has nothing to do with supplying fuel for Tehran reactor."

On Friday, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh informed the agency that Iran wants to examine the draft of the agreement more closely before giving its final answer.

In its most recent statement, the IAEA said that Iran needs more time to consider the nuclear fuel agreement.

Iran says the offer is in line with the country's transparency policy and is a measure aimed at confidence-building over its peaceful nuclear activities.

In his Monday remarks, Mottaki said all countries have to move toward achieving nuclear energy regarding the fact that an end of fossil fuels supply is nearing.

"We want nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for no one... Different countries have expressed their readiness to build new nuclear power plants in Iran," he added.

Iran, a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is entitled to enrich uranium to provide fuel for its under-construction nuclear power plants based on the regulations of International Atomic Energy Agency-- the only body with the authority to intervene in nuclear programs around the globe.

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