Iran dismisses demands to close nuclear bunker (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Published: 05.04.12, 13:02)
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Iranian ambassador to IAEA says there is ´no justification´ to close
Fordow facility. ´If you have a secure place under IAEA control, why
are you telling me that I should close it?´ he tells reporters
Iran said on Friday it will never suspend its uranium enrichment
program and sees no reason to close the Fordow underground site,
making clear Tehran´s red lines in talks with world powers later this
Last month a senior US official said the United States and its allies
would demand that Iran halt higher-grade enrichment and immediately
close the Fordow facility at talks over Tehran´s nuclear standoff
with the West.
But Iran´s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali
Asghar Soltanieh, told Reuters he saw "no justification" for closing
Fordow, which he said was under IAEA surveillance.
"When you have a safe place, secure place under IAEA control, then
why do you tell me that I should close it?" he said, making clear
Iran built the site to better protect its nuclear work against any
Israeli or US attacks.
"Fordow is a safe place. We have spent a lot of money and time to
have a safe place," Soltanieh added.
Iran and major powers resumed talks in mid-April in Istanbul after a
gap of more than a year - a chance to ease escalating tension and
help to avert the threat of a new Middle East war. They are to meet
again on May 23 in Baghdad.
The West says Iran´s nuclear work is a cover for developing atomic
bombs and wants verifiable assurances to the contrary from Tehran -
for example, by accepting much more intrusive UN nuclear inspections
and limiting its enrichment capacity.
Iran denies having a weapons agenda, saying it is enriching uranium
solely for peaceful energy purposes.
"One thing is clear: the enrichment in Iran will never be suspended,"
Soltanieh said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/04/12)
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