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Iranian Atom Chief Vows To Continue, Woos Investment

Aghazadeh also gave details of the role to be played by foreign companies in his country's uranium enrichment programme. The Iranian government recently said it would open up the sector to foreign firms.

Tehran (AFP) Nov 09, 2005
Iran will carry on with its nuclear programme whatever the circumstances, the head of the country's atomic energy agency said on Wednesday, adding that "we have got past the stage of threats."

Gholamreza Aghazadeh, who is head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency and also vice president of Iran, also detailed opportunities for foreign firms to take part in his country's nuclear programme, which his government says is aimed only at the peaceful generation of energy.

"Iran has chosen the political path and will push ahead with its nuclear activities in all circumstances," he said in a statement carried by the student news agency ISNA.

He was replying to a question about plans by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to refer Iran to the UN Security Council over its nuclear activities, which the United States believes are aimed at developing a weapon.

Aghazadeh also gave details of the role to be played by foreign companies in his country's uranium enrichment programme. The Iranian government recently said it would open up the sector to foreign firms.

The atomic agency chief told ISNA that foreign firms could take stakes in an enrichment programme in the town of Natanz for a sum of up to 350 million dollars (300 million euros), out of a total of one billion dollars for the whole programme.

The Natanz site, in the centre of Iran, "spreads over 1,400 hectaresacres) and can contain up to 60,000 centrifuges," he said, referring to a key device needed to refine uranium.

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US Rejects North Korea's Disarmament Idea
Beijing (AFP) Nov 09, 2005
The United States brushed aside North Korea's fresh proposal to abandon its nuclear arms Wednesday as six-nation disarmament talks resumed here with sharp differences remaining between the two Cold War foes.







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