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Washington downplayed the statement of the Iranian Leader, Ali Khamenei, that Iran could enrich uranium to a purity of 60%, and considered that this would be worrying, and urged it to “fully” adhere to the inspection.
“Until we return to the talks, the two parties will seek to take positions, to tighten the tone, let’s see if they agree to return to the (negotiation) table,” said a US official, who requested anonymity.
Iranian state television quoted Khamenei as saying on Monday that Tehran could enrich uranium by up to 60 percent if the country needed to do so, adding that Tehran would never yield to US pressure over its nuclear activities.
The television quoted Khamenei as saying: “The level of Iranian uranium enrichment will not be limited to 20 percent. We will increase that to whatever level the country needs … we may increase it to 60 percent. ”
Khamenei said in a speech while receiving members of the Assembly of Experts, that “the issue of nuclear weapons is an excuse, and they even oppose our obtaining conventional weapons; Because they want to take the components of power from Iran. ”
Khamenei stressed that the West wants Iran to need it in case it needs nuclear energy, stressing that “Tehran will not be subject to coercion and blackmail.”
The Iranian guide, the highest authority in the country, stressed that “his country will not retreat in the nuclear file as in other files, and will forge ahead strongly in the direction of what is the interest and need of the country today and tomorrow.”
In early January, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran began the process of enriching uranium to 20 percent, according to a law enacted by Parliament, obliging the government to do so.
Khamenei responded to what Israel reminds that it will prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons, and said, “This Zionist clown constantly says in international forums: We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon, but he must be told that if Tehran decides to acquire a nuclear weapon, it is not possible for him or for the one.” Greater than him to stop her. “
Khamenei has a legal fatwa issued several years ago prohibiting the production of nuclear weapons.
Khamenei added, “What prevents the Islamic Republic from producing a nuclear weapon is Islamic thought and principles that prohibit the manufacture of any nuclear or chemical weapon that leads to the killing of ordinary people.”
“Killing civilians and innocents is the way of the Americans and the West, and the Islamic Republic does not accept this method, and therefore does not think about nuclear weapons,” he added.
Iran said on Monday that it would end the additional protocol that allows the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out surprise inspections at undisclosed sites of the agency.
The semi-official Tasnim agency quoted Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, as saying, “As of midnight, we will have no obligations except for safety measures. Necessary orders were issued for the nuclear facilities. ”
On Monday, the United States urged Iran to adhere “fully” to inspections of its nuclear activities, expressing its concern over the interim agreement reached between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price praised the mission of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi in Tehran, “at the same time again calling for Iran to abide by the inspections and its other commitments regarding preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”
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