Iran informs IAEA on intention to produce 20% enriched uranium
Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh said on Monday that Tehran has officially informed IAEA of its intention to producte 20 percent enriched uranium to meet its required nuclear fuel. In comments published by the state-run IRNA news agency, the official said Iran has invited IAEA inspectors in an official letter addressed to the international body as the country is obliged to carry out its nuclear activities under IAEA supervision.
It is about eight months that Tehran has officially informed the IAEA director general of its decision to provide fuel for Tehran’s research center, he said. It is also about four months that the two sides have been in talks in Vienna, Soltaniyeh noted.
"There is no doubt that due to humanitarian issues as well as the need of patients for radioisotopes, it is not possible to further prolong the issue," he said. Iran has provided an opportunity for industrialized countries, he said, stressing that those countries are expected to seize the opportunity and that confrontation would change into cooperation and understanding.