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Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has emphasized that the Islamic Republic’s stance towards its nuclear energy program has not changed. Mehmanparast said on Sunday that his comments during a work group on nuclear activities held on the sidelines of the 10th Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF) in the Kazakh capital of Astana have been misinterpreted and that “the Islamic republic of Iran’s stance towards pursuing the country’s legal right to use peaceful nuclear energy is clear.” He added that Iran runs its peaceful nuclear energy program in the framework of international laws and under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran's foreign ministry spokesman noted that Tehran has so far proved its good intentions by having constructive cooperation with the IAEA to remove any possible ambiguity. Mehmanparast reiterated that Iran welcomes constructive and mutual cooperation with the IAEA and the P5+1 group -- comprising the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany. Iran decided to enrich uranium to the 20-percent level to provide fuel for Tehran Research Reactor, which produces medical isotopes for cancer patients, after potential suppliers failed to provide the Islamic Republic with the required uranium. On September 17, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi said that Iran has no intention to enrich uranium above the 20-percent level. Abbasi added that Iran started producing 20 percent enriched uranium when it could not obtain fuel for Tehran Research Reactor from the international market due to the sanctions imposed against the country. TE/PKH/AZ
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