Vice-President: Iran's national nuclear program progressing well
Progress of technical works in the context of Iran's national nuclear program is satisfactory, Vice-President and head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Reza Aqazadeh said on Sunday.
He told IRNA that technical works are progressing well but media usually raise figures while they have nothing to do with the program.
Aqazadeh said in response to a question on press reports about a breakthrough Iran has made in setting up fuel cycle that Iran has planned to commission 50,000 centrifuges it needs to produce fuel. "Each time inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came to Tehran, the Western media publish news about Iranian nuclear program in a controversial manner."
The New York Times last week said Iran has made a considerable technical progress. Besides 1,300 centrifuges inaugurated at Natanz which produce nuclear fuel, 300 other centrifuges are to be installed, the American daily said.
It reported that Iran might produce 5,000 other centrifuges by year-end and inaugurate a total number of 8,000 centrifuges.
In response to a question on the West's claim that Iran's technical progress has led the talks to standstill, Aqazadeh said, "The West does not have a correct view. Our technical works are not supposed to depend on negotiations.
"We have never said our technical works depend on talks."