Iran ‘pro­duces own raw ura­nium’

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

TEHRAN: The state­ment, from Iran's nu­clear chief Ali Ak­bar Salehi, comes the day be­fore talks be­tween Iran and world pow­ers over its nu­clear pro­gramme.

En­riched ura­nium can be used for fuel in re­ac­tors or made into nu­clear bombs.

The US and its al­lies be­lieve Iran may be try­ing to pro­duce nu­clear weapons, a claim de­nied by Iran.

Tehran says its nu­clear pro­gramme is for peace­ful, civil­ian pur­poses.

"The West had counted on the pos­si­bil­ity of us be­ing in trou­ble over raw ma­te­rial but to­day we had the first batch of yel­low­cake from Gachin mine sent to Is­fa­han (con­ver­sion) fa­cil­ity," Mr Salehi said on state tele­vi­sion.

Iran was be­lieved to be run­ning low on its stock of yel­low­cake, orig­i­nally im­ported from South Africa in the 1970s.

The claim comes ahead of talks in Geneva on Mon­day be­tween Iran and the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil - the US, Rus­sia, China, France and Bri­tain - and Ger­many.

US Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton has urged Iran to en­ter the talks in good faith and with "a much more sober as­sess­ment of what iso­la­tion means", given suc­ces­sive rounds of UN sanc­tions.

The sanc­tions have been lev­elled at Iran's fail­ure to com­ply with UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions or­der­ing it to stop ura­nium en­rich­ment.

The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has said that un­til Iran's peace­ful in­ten­tions can be fully es­tab­lished, it should stop en­rich­ment and other nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties. Iran says that as a sig­na­tory of the Nu­clear Non­Pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty, it has the right to en­rich ura­nium for fuel for civil nu­clear power. -Ap

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