Report - IAEA informed of Iran's P-2 centrifuge programmes
By Deutsche Presse-Agentur
-- -- Tehran - The International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) has already been fully informed of Iran's research
programmes on P-2 centrifuges, the news agency ISNA reported
An unnamed nuclear official told ISNA that following the
successful test of the P-1 centrifuges, Iran started research on
the P-2 projects.
The New York Times had quoted United States security officials
as saying Iran's use of P-2 centrifuges was worrisome as the
process would not only accelerate the enrichment process but
production of an atomic bomb.
The Iranian source termed the process as 'quite usual' and even
already documented on the IAEA internet site.
Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was quoted earlier
Monday by ISNA as saying Iran would follow the research on P-2
centrifuges 'strictly within IAEA regulations.'
The source further confirmed that a new group IAEA inspectors
will come to Tehran by the end of the week but denied the visit
of a nuclear delegation to Vienna on Tuesday.
In the meantime Iran on Monday called on the countries meeting
in Moscow to discuss the row over the country's nuclear
programme to be 'rational.'
'We ask the participants in Moscow to adopt a rational approach
and avoid repeating threats,' Larijani told Khabar news network.
Russia has invited the United States, China and the European
Union to fresh talks on the Iranian nuclear programme on Tuesday
ISNA news agency on Monday quoted Larijani as saying that 'if
the proposals were rational and with perspective, Iran might
accept one of them,' but he did not elaborate further.
'The era of threats and big rhetoric are over, they will not
change Iran's stance,' Larijani said, referring to last week's
call by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for United
Nations Security Council 'consequences' against Iran.
Rice said Tehran's defiance of international demands to come
clean about its nuclear activities and suspend uranium
enrichment required the security council to examine 'the full
range of options.'
Larijani reiterated Iran's commitment to the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT), as well as the country's readiness for IAEA
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said Sunday that Iran
still wanted to settle the nuclear dispute with the West through
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