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Iran's preconditions for nuclear talks have changed: nuclear chief

Source: Mehr News Agency

The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said that Iran's preconditions for talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency and other countries have changed due to Iran's nuclear progress.

AEOI Director Fereydoun Abbasi made the remarks in an interview with ISNA on Monday in reply to a question about Iran's policy on future negotiations with the IAEA.

"They (the Westerners) used to say that Iran should not enrich uranium. Now they say the country should not install centrifuges and should stop enriching uranium to a purity level of 20 percent. Meanwhile, they are seeking to damage our nuclear facilities through viruses and selling (us) defective equipment," Abbasi stated.

"Technically speaking, we should push ahead with our plans and adopt all the measures necessary to coordinate the AEOI and our country's political apparatus for the nuclear discussions."

Commenting on IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's recent report on Iran's nuclear program, Abbasi said, "Amano should not have included the alleged weapons studies in his report because he has not negotiated with Iran on this matter."

For years, IAEA reports have said that the agency cannot provide assurances about Iran's undeclared nuclear material, he stated.

Since the agency is not sure about the studies, it would be better if it did not include the sentence in its reports, he added.

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