0532 GMT November 15, 2019
Speaking in a televised program on Saturday night, Ali Akbar Salehi added that Iran and P5+1 – the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain, plus Germany –agreed to a framework on Iran’s nuclear program on April 2 and “we are now discussing the details”, IRNA reported.
“Iran has full-scale knowledge of the complete cycle of peaceful nuclear technology,” he said.
Salehi noted that Iran has a stockpile of 90 tons of heavy water and it is producing 20 tons per year, which gives the country the ability to become an exporter of enriched uranium.
“All Iran’s nuclear facilities, including Arak’s Heavy Water Reactor, Fordo and Natanz, would continue their work,” he said.
The AEOI chief also said Iran has never accepted to stop its research and development program and needs to build more enrichment facilities to meet its future needs.
“The Fordo facility was built to guarantee Iran's enrichment process and not for having enrichment at the industrial level,” he said.
Salehi said Iran aims to produce isotopes in Fordo and this has been agreed by P5+1 group, adding that Arak’s reactor will remain a research reactor.
He announced that Iran aims to build 1,000-megawatt reactors that are smaller than the ones previously announced.
Salehi said Iran needs 19,000-megawatt nuclear energy to diversify its energy sources for future needs, based on the estimates preceding the Islamic Revolution.
Asked about the controversial American version of fact sheet on nuclear negotiations, Salehi said the issue was discussed in the latest round of talks between Iran and P5+1 group and most of the ambiguities related to the fact sheet were removed.
Nuclear negotiators are discussing the removal of sanctions and drafting the text of a final agreement in the Austrian city of Vienna.
The Iranian negotiating team, headed by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left Tehran for New York Sunday morning.
In New York, Zarif will attend the NPT Review Conference and meet US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Federico Mogherini and some counterparts of the P5+1 group on the sidelines of the conference.