FM: Iran to resume uranium enrichment once ''problems'' with IAEA resolved
Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that Tehran would resume uranium enrichment once its "problems" with the United Nations nuclear watchdog are "resolved" and warned European partners that it could end nuclear cooperation if they fail to support the Islamic regime.
Undeclared uranium enrichment was one of the reasons behind an IAEA investigation of Iran's nuclear facilities.
"It's our legitimate right to enrich uranium," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told reporters following a Cabinet meeting in the Iranian capital.
"We suspended uranium enrichment voluntarily and temporarily. Later, when our relations with the IAEA returns to normal, we will definitely resume (uranium) enrichment," Kharrazi explained.
Meanwhile, Kharrazi also warned that Iran could end nuclear cooperation, and called on its European partners to resist American pressure at a meeting of the IAEA in Vienna.
"We recommend the three European countries to remain committed to their obligations (toward Tehran) and resist US pressures if they want the project of cooperation between Iran and them to lead to results," Kharrazi said.
He warned that Iran would stop cooperating with the three countries if they fail to support Iran.
"Cooperation is a two way street. If they don't fulfill their obligations, there is no reason for us to cooperate," he said. (Albawaba.com)
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