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.

 

 

      Iran May Review Uranium Suspension

 

The SNSC chief said Iran may reconsider its voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment after the IAEA Board of Governors on Friday adopted a resolution on Iran’s nuclear program which angered officials here.

 

Rowhani told reporters Iran’s decision last October to suspend uranium enrichment activities had been a confidence-building measure, not a statutory requirement and that Iranian officials may make a new decision about uranium enrichment activities in the coming days.

 

He said Iran suspended enriching uranium at a time when Iran had not yet signed or implemented the additional protocol and it had also not given a full report of its nuclear program to the UN nuclear watchdog.

 

Rowhani said Iran told the European side that Iran has the inalienable right to enrich uranium and it will never halt its efforts to develop a complete nuclear fuel cycle. 

 

Rowhani added the atmosphere has changed: Iran has signed and implemented the protocol, inspections have been conducted, a detailed report of Iran’s nuclear program has been submitted to the IAEA, and Iran believes that an

atmosphere of confidence has been created between Iran and the agency.

 

He said now it has become clear that Iran has not breached the NPT and instead it is the enemies of the Islamic Republic which have breached Article 4 of the NPT.

 

         Europe Ignores Commitments Toward Iran

 

Rowhani said Europe agreed in February to help close Iran’s nuclear file at the June meeting and in exchange Iran agreed to extend the suspension of its nuclear enrichment activities but Europe ignored its commitment and now Iran feels no obligation to continue its suspension of nuclear enrichment activities.

 

Rowhani said Europeans are saying that Iran’s nuclear file will be closed soon but Iran doesn’t accept these European assurances or their explanations.

 

He shrugged off the IAEA resolution, saying it is not obligatory.

 

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said Iran is committed to the Tehran Declaration but Europe should also live up to the commitments it made in the Tehran meeting.

 

The resolution has claimed that Iran's cooperation has not been full, timely and proactive.

 

Tehran rejects U.S. allegations that its nuclear program is being used to make weapons and says it is solely for generating electricity.

 

 

Nuclear Industry Completely Indigenous

 

Rowhani said that Iran’s nuclear industry is now completely indigenous, adding that, fortunately, the entire Uranium Conversion Facility in Isfahan was

constructed by Iranian experts.

 

Although some of the designs of the UCF project have been gained from others it has been constructed and initiated by Iranians and the industry has become 100% local, he said.

 

He said that Iran has access to uranium mines and that the P-1 centrifuge is 100% domestically produced.

 

 

Rowhani said that the positive aspect in the IAEA resolution is that Iran’s nuclear dossier will be closed in the following months.

 

He added that the resolution has admitted there are only two key issues left in Iran’s nuclear dossier, adding that Iran and other countries have the right to the peaceful use of nuclear technology.  

 

MS/HG

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