Iran to continue low-grade uranium enrichment
TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran's low-grade uranium enrichment activities will continue, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday just days after a historic deal was reached between the Islamic republic and world powers on the country's nuclear program.
Enrichment activities at Natanz and Fordow facilities would continue at a range of 3.5 to 5 percent purity level and their capacities would not be expanded, Zarif was quoted as saying by Press TV.
Addressing Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday, Zarif said based on the recent deal between Iran and the P5+1, a collection of world powers including Britain, China, France, Russia the United States and Germany, construction work at Arak heavy water facility in central Iran will continue but no new fuel will be produced and no new equipment will be installed, adding the country would refrain from constructing new enrichment sites over the next six months.
The final step in nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the world powers is not merely the removal of sanctions imposed on the country, but to normalize Iran's nuclear case, the minister said.
The world powers have agreed to lift all sanctions in the final stage of negotiations, cooperate with Tehran on its nuclear program and provide the country with modern facilities.
Last Sunday, Iran and P5+1 announced they had reached a deal after five days of marathon talks in Geneva.
Under the agreement, the United States and its allies will provide Iran with limited sanction relief on its oil, gold, petrochemicals, civil aviation, and auto industries with an estimated value of about 7 billion U.S. dollars during the six- month deal.
In exchange, Iran agreed to halt enrichment above 5 percent and begin neutralizing its stockpile of near-20 percent uranium by diluting or converting. Both parties have called the deal an important "initial step for confidence building."