Iran will resume construction of centrifuges for enriching uranium within two days, Iran's top nuclear negotiator announced today, adding that continued IAEA inspections will prove that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. "I hope this decision is tempoary," IAEA chief ElBaradei said. “Iran needs to come clean and fully cooperate with its international obligations,” White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said on Sunday. Iran will resume construction of centrifuges for enriching uranium within two days, head of the supreme national security council and Iran’s representative in nuclear talks with the UN and EU Hassan Rowhani said today in a speech at the Majles. “The IAEA can continue its inspections. We will also fully cooperate with the agency since we know that such cooperation will benefit the Islamic Republic,” he told the Majles. The inspections will prove that “the Islamic Republic’s activities are strictly peaceful,” Rowhani said, noting he hoped Iran’s nuclear case “will inevitably be withdrawn from the IAEA’s Board of Governors’ agenda sooner or later.”
“I hope that this decision is of a temporary nature. I hope it will be reversed,” director-general of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei said in Moscow, reacting to Iran’s announcement. “Iran needs to do the maximum to build confidence after a period of confidence deficit,” he said. “I look at this whole suspension of enrichment as part of this confidence building.”
“Iran needs to come clean and fully cooperate with its international obligations,” White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said on Sunday. ”Iran’s continued failure to comply with the IAEA and continued failure to stop all enrichment-related reprocessing activities only reinforce the concern we have expressed,” he added.
“We (the US) have been the most aggressive and the most certain about our view that the Iranians are trying to ...acquire military uses for nuclear power, maybe even nuclear weapons,” US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said on a Sunday political talk show. “It’s a very tough situation but we believe that this is one that still has a diplomatic solution within sight,” she added.
After meeting in Tehran with the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France last October, Rowhani said Iran would suspend uranium enrichment activity, but it reversed the decision after IAEA rebuked Iran’s lack of “full, timely and proactive” cooperation in a European-drafted resolution.
“Making centrifuges is different from enriching uranium,” foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said. “It is Iran’s natural right to resume assembling and making centrifuges,” he said.