Iran insists it will resume senstive nuclear work
TEHRAN (AFP) May 08, 2005
Iran insisted Sunday that it would resume sensitive nuclear work despite mounting international pressure for a complete freeze to allay suspicions it is seeking to build nuclear weapons.
"The decision has been taken to start some of our activities" at Iran's uranium conversion facility in Isfahan, said foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.
But he added: "But have not decided what we will start or when."
In November, Iran agreed to suspend all uranium enrichment activities when it opened negotiations with Germany, France and Britain for a technological, trade and political cooperation agreement with the European Union.
The process makes fuel for civilian nuclear reactors but also the explosive material for atom bombs and Iran has repeatedly said it will resume the work if an agreement is not reached with the European Union.
Asefi also said Iran is preparing a bill for the ratification of an additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to put its nuclear activities under stricter international controls.
He said the bill would be approved by the government and then submitted to parliament but gave no timetable.
Iran, accused by the United States of trying to develop weapons under the cover of a nuclear energy programme, signed the additional protocol in December 2003 to allow tougher international inspections of its activities.
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