Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran will not give up its right to enrich uranium but hinted that the level of its enrichment is open to discussion.
A file photo shows the uranium-enrichment complex of Natanz in central Iran
Fresh off weekend talks on the nuclear issue with the UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany, Salehi told Iranian state TV channel Jam-e Jam that enrichment of nuclear material "covers a wide range, from natural uranium to 100 percent enrichment."
He said there is room for talk on the issue when Iranian authorities meet again with those global powers in Baghdad on May 23.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)
Salehi was among Iranian officials to have met with "P5+1"envoys from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States on April 14.
Those talks were the first of their kind in 15 months, and come amid tightening international sanctions against Tehran and reports of possible preparations for an Israeli military strike against Iranian nuclear targets.
Based on AFP, AP, and Iranian state media reports
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