Iran calls on EU to help meet its energy needs

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1 March 2005, TEHERAN - Claiming Iran needs at least twenty nuclear power plants to cover its future energy needs, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi called on the European Union on Tuesday to help Teheran meet the nation's energy demands.

1 March 2005

TEHERAN - Claiming Iran needs at least twenty nuclear power plants to cover its future energy needs, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi called on the European Union on Tuesday to help Teheran meet the nation's energy demands. 

"This undeniable energy need for 20,000 megawatts also justifies Iran's efforts to produce by itself the minimum of the required nuclear fuel," Kharrazi said in an international conference in the Gulf saying that the twenty nuclear power plant units would each have a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, .

Iran and Russia last on Sunday signed a contract for delivery, return and storage of nuclear fuel for the first 1,000 megawatt unit of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr which is to become operational at the end of 2006.

The two countries have already discussed construction of six more units in the future. Iran however wants to provide at least the major part of the nuclear fuel for future plants by itself.

"Iran has already achieved the necessary nuclear know-how and will move in line with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) towards pursuing a peaceful nuclear technology," the minister said.

Kharrazi called on the European Union to join Iran and the IAEA in finding a formula which both maintains Iran's legitimate right to acquire peaceful nuclear energy while alleviating global concern that this nuclear energy could be misused.

"The Europeans cannot adopt a forceful approach towards us and should find a settlement suiting all sides and especially allowing Iran resumption of the uranium enrichment process as an irrevocable will of the Iranian nation," Kharrazi said.

While the EU demands a permanent halt to Iran's uranium enrichment, Teheran wants a temporary suspension until March and would, if the outcome of the talks showed some bright prospects, extend the suspension until June this year.

Kharrazi added that the first evaluation of the negotiations so far held with the EU trio - Britain, France and Germany - will be made in mid-March and then Teheran would decide on the future course of the talks.

A report is to be presented by the relevant working groups to the Iranian leaders in mid-March. Political observers believe that Teheran would give in to an extension of enrichment suspension until June.

"While the U.S. has so far failed to prove its claims (of Iran following secret nuclear programmes for military purposes), we have proven that our projects have all been peaceful," Kharrazi said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi had said on Sunday that "Europe should get the idea of permanent suspension of uranium enrichment out of its head".

While also reiterating Iran's rejection to any permanent enrichment suspension, government spokesman Abdullah Ramezanzadeh however said on Monday that Iran was not willing to cut the talks with the European Union.

[Copyright DPA with Expatica]

Subject: German news


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