پنجشنبه ۱۸ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۵:۲۷ - ۸ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Iran today insisted there is no going back on its controversial decision to resume work on the nuclear fuel cycle. Outgoing Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told the news network Khabar today that Iran will start its uranium conversion plant in Isfahan in central Iran as scheduled on Monday, but he also said Iran would prefer to continue talks with the EU.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the sensitive nuclear activity will start once inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have put surveillance equipment in place.
These comments follow Iran's rejection of the European Union's latest offer of incentives in exchange for ending nuclear fuel development. That rejection has sparked warnings that the UN Security Council could impose sanctions on Iran.
Asefi said today that Iran is not worried about that: “We will insist on our legitimate right. As we were determined in the negotiations with the Europeans, we will be determined on decisions." He added:
"I suggest that the Europeans avoid the language of threat. The Europeans have called an emergency meeting for the IAEA on Tuesday about Iran's nuclear case. We think the referral of Iran's case to the Security Council would be unlawful and politically motivated. If one day they refer Iran's case [to the UN Security Council], we won't be worried in the least. The Europeans should choose their way."
Under the proposal by Britain, France and Germany, the EU would supply Iran with fuel for light-water reactors. Iran would return all the spent fuel, which can be used in atomic weaponry. In addition, Iran would be given a role in the piping of oil from Central Asia to Europe.
In Vienna, the UN's atomic energy agency, the IAEA, says an inspection team will be in place next week to monitor the Isfahan nuclear site.