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AEOI Head: Iran has produced 17 kg of 20-percent uranium

Source: ISNA, Tehran

The Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the country makes 20-percent enriched uranium as much as it needs, adding that it has produced 17kg of 20-percent enriched uranium so far.

"Iran can enrich uranium to any percent it wishes, it is Iran's legal right, the country makes 20-percent enriched fuel as much as it needs, we have made 17 kg of the enriched uranium stockpile (at the level of 20-percent) so far and we can produce up to 5 kg of the fuel in month, but we do not hurry, we continue our job at an appropriate pace so that fuel plate plant is equipped," he told ISNA.

Regarding the issue that Iran's Parliament is going to oblige the government to keep enrichment of 20-percent uranium whether or not it receives required fuel for Tehran reactor from Vienna Group, Salehi said, "we do not want to produce something that we do not need, we are not going to turn our complete uranium stockpile into 20-percent enriched fuel and we secure our right to enrich fuel at any level that we need."

Meanwhile as to the West's dual-track approach regarding Iran, he said, "the US believes in carrot and stick strategy on Iran, off course Iran has taken a smart twin-track strategy regarding them which involves talks and continuous enrichment activities."

Outlining some Iran's nuclear achievements, he continued, "Iran is now enriching uranium by 3.5 percent, building Arak heavy water reactor and is going to produce new generation of centrifuges."

"Testing the third generation of centrifuges is being completed and we are working on the 4th generation of centrifuges," he said adding, "they failed to halt Iran's nuclear activities despite political pressures and sanctions."

The Iranian nuclear official also added, "we have completed fuel plate know-how and its plan is under construction in central city of Esfahan."

He added, "Iran has the complete capability to construct a reactor such as Tehran research reactor locally."

"Designing 360-megawatt reactor of Darkhovin has been accomplished by 90 percent, but the project takes 14-15 years to be completed."

Meanwhile regarding Bushehr nuclear power plant, he said, "3000 Russian experts are working there and we hope that it will be operational in mid September."

The project needs 1.5 billion dollars to be completed, he added.

He continued, "God willing Iran is going to make the first nuclear fuel complex for Tehran's research reactor in September 2011, so if they (the West) does not provide us with 20-percent fuel, we will not lose ,because we are making 20-percent fuel and we have fuel plate know-how."

Salehi then said Iran is not a country like North Korea or Iraq, it is neither going to make bombs and violate NPT, nor it allows anyone to assault on its territory."

He then referred to Tehran trilateral declaration, saying that, "we abide by Tehran declaration and all treaties that we have signed, unless if they (the West) want to take an approach against Iran's national interests such as the UN Security Council resolutions."

He then referred to Iran's nuclear dossier and said based on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) constitution and bylaw, Iran's nuclear case should have been forwarded to the agency from the Security Council."

He added, "Iran's nuclear issue must be ultimately settled and I am sure that it is solved in favor of Iran, there is no other way and it is the West that should accept Iran's right stance."

Salehi also added, "I hope that we will hold talks with Vienna Group on Tehran declaration, and our nuclear swap dialogue is going to focus on the declaration."

The Iranian official also criticized the IAEA stonewalling on nuclear education cooperation, saying that, "at the time of the previous IAEA Chief Mohammad Elbaradei, our education cooperation with the agency was good and balanced, but we have recently faced stonewallings from the IAEA."

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