Iran says IAEA report `not negative`, vows more enrichment

The UN nuclear watchdog`s report on Thursday on the Iranian nuclear programme was "not negative", the Deputy Chief of Iran`s nuclear agency said, vowing to continue uranium enrichment for research purposes.

Tehran, Aug 31: The UN nuclear watchdog`s report
on Thursday on the Iranian nuclear programme was "not negative", the
Deputy Chief of Iran`s nuclear agency said, vowing to continue
uranium enrichment for research purposes.

"The report of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) is not negative," Mohammad Saeedi, Deputy Head of
Iran`s Atomic Energy Agency, told media persons.

"The report is very factual and adds that the Iranian
nuclear programme is under the supervision of the IAEA and
that there has been no deviation" towards any military
purpose, he said.

The report sent to the un security council said Iran
has carried on enriching uranium despite a UN deadline
Thursday for it to stop such strategic nuclear fuel work or
face possible sanctions.

A senior official close to the UN nuclear agency also
said UN nuclear inspectors had found no "concrete proof" that
Iran`s nuclear program was of a military nature.

"The enrichment of uranium will continue within the
framework of research and under the control of the IAEA,"
Saeedi said. He said the "pending questions (over Iran`s
nuclear programme) should be solved in agreement with the
agency."

He added that "new cameras had been installed by the
IAEA" at Iran`s uranium enrichment plant in the central city
of Natanz.

The IAEA report said the 164-machine cascade at
Natanz`s pilot plant had been fed with small amounts of UF6
(feedstock uranium gas) in June, July and August for
enrichment.

Bureau Report

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