1033 GMT February 25, 2021
Responding to a question about a recent statement by the three major European countries party to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, Khatibzadeh said the use of uranium metal as fuel has is not in contradiction to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the safeguards obligations of countries, according to the Foreign Ministry’s official website.
He underlined that the technology is a necessity for Iran which has to meet the needs of the country’s patients.
The three European countries – France, Britain and Germany – in a statement on Saturday claimed Iran’s move to begin work on uranium metal-based fuel contravened the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying that under the deal, Iran had committed to not engaging in production of uranium metal or conducting research and development on uranium metallurgy for 15 years.
“We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPOA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal,” the trio’s statement added.
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Saturday rejected the E3’s accusation that its plan to produce uranium metal-based fuel has military implications, Press TV wrote.
The E3’s statement came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran had notified the nuclear watchdog that it had resumed research on uranium metal production in order to provide advanced fuel for a Tehran reactor.
The E3, in its statement, said that a uranium metal production factory planned to be designed by Iran was well in operation without the Islamic Republic notifying the IAEA.
In response, the AEOI urged the IAEA to avoid creating any “misunderstanding” surrounding the issue, stressing that the Islamic Republic had not yet “presented the design information questionnaire (DIQ) of the uranium metal factory” to the UN watchdog.
The AEOI urged the UN nuclear watchdog to avoid publishing “unnecessary” details on Iran nuclear program.
“It is expected the International Atomic Energy Agency avoid providing unnecessary details and prevent paving ground for misunderstanding” in the international community, the statement said.
Based on the misbelief, the E3 suggested that Iran was harboring “military” intentions. “The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications,” the statement alleged.
The AEOI reminded the European side that Iran has begun work on uranium metal-based fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor rather than resorting to direct production of uranium metal.