TEHRAN, June 19 (MNA) -- Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Hasan Rowhani, Iran’s main negotiator on nuclear issues, said on Saturday that Iran is determined to continue its work on the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility and the Arak heavy water project.

Rowhani stated that the fact that the Arak and Isfahan nuclear projects were mentioned in the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution on Iran is an aberration in the history of the agency, adding that heavy water has never been part of the safeguards agreement.


Rowhani told reporters that the IAEA has been aware of the Isfahan UCF since the first day the project was inaugurated and the agency has been informed during all its stages of construction and installation of equipment, adding that agency inspectors even fully supervised the testing period and any claim to the contrary would discredit the agency.


Rowhani said the Isfahan and Arak projects are not negotiable and the projects were not mentioned during Iran’s talks with European Union officials or the discussions over the suspension of uranium enrichment. He went on to say that Iran has decided to continue the two projects.


He also said there is no reason for Iran’s nuclear dossier to remain open at the IAEA Board of Governors, adding that if it remained open for a long time the credibility of the agency would be damaged and the prolongation of the issue would prove that the IAEA is incompetent and unable to resolve such a simple matter.


He stressed that Iran will not create any obstacles in its dealings with the agency, and the agency can continue its inspections in Iran according to the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).


He also noted that the issue of suspension of uranium enrichment is a political issue and no legal obligation can be imposed on Iran in this regard.






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