West will soon have to accept nuclear Iran: Iran MP (REUTERS) By Marcus George DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 04/08/12 5:29am EDT)
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(Reuters) - A senior Iranian lawmaker warned Western powers they
would soon have to accept the reality of the country´s nuclear
advances, Iran´s state news agency reported late on Saturday, days
before talks are set to re-open on its disputed nuclear programme.
The head of the parliamentary committee for national security and
foreign policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, was speaking at a ceremony in
Mashhad in memory of what Iran describes as its nuclear martyrs; at
least four scientists associated with Iran´s nuclear programme have
been assassinated since 2010 and a fifth was wounded in a bomb attack.
Western countries suspect Tehran of covertly developing a nuclear
weapons programme, accusations Iran has repeatedly denied. Both sides
are set to take part in negotiations this week in an effort to find a
solution to international concerns, though even the location of the
talks has not yet been agreed.
Boroujerdi said the P5+1 group of countries needed to change their
policy because "confronting the Islamic Republic will not be to their
benefit", the IRNA news agency quoted him as saying.
"Honorable Iran will continue the debate about peaceful nuclear
energy, and that moment isn´t far away when the world will see that
arrogant countries, led by America and Europe, will accept the
reality of nuclear advances and Iran´s membership into the nuclear
He added that despite the climate of threats and sanctions, Iran had
made great progress in its nuclear capability and was proficient in
all stages of enrichment from mining raw uranium in Iranian mines,
producing yellow cake (concentrated uranium powder), building
centrifuges and injecting uranium gas into them.
In February Iran announced it had loaded domestically made fuel rods
into the Tehran Research Reactor, which produces radio isotopes for
medical use and agriculture.
Iran has repeatedly pointed out that under its membership of the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has the right to engage in
peaceful nuclear activities.
Boroujerdi emphasized that Iran´s nuclear programme was solely for
peaceful needs, but that if the International Atomic Energy Agency
did not keep to its commitments, "then no doubt our enthusiastic
young scientists will build a reactor inside the country".
Speaking in the presence of families of scientists who were killed,
Boroujerdi warned that assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists was
"Iran´s advances have forced the Zionist regime (Israel), the Arabs
and America to turn to eliminating our nuclear scientists. But they
should understand that such evil deeds will lead nowhere, because
thousands of university students and professors in Iran will continue
along the road of nuclear science."
A recent report by the IAEA said Iran had tripled its production of
higher grade enriched uranium, which has caused further concern that
there is a military motive to its activities.
While some analysts remain doubtful about Iran´s claims, experts say
that uranium enriched to 20 percent represents most of the technical
effort needed to attain the 90 percent threshold required for nuclear
The Islamic Republic says the more highly refined uranium will
replenish dwindling stocks of special fuel for a Tehran reactor that
produces much-needed medical isotopes for thousands of cancer
patients across the country.
The United States and its allies have imposed new sanctions against
Iran´s financial and energy sectors to force Tehran to abandon its
Israel has threatened Iran with pre-emptive strikes to stop it
getting the bomb, but U.S. president Barack Obama has emphasized the
importance of trying to find a diplomatic solution.
The next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries
comprising the permanent members of the UN Security Council and
Germany had been due to take place this Friday, April 13, but the two
sides have been seemingly unable to agree on a location.
(Reporting By Marcus George; Editing by Will Waterman) (© Thomson
Reuters 2012. 04/08/12)
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