Iran delivers reply to EU,resumes nuclear activity
8 August 2005, ISFAHAN/TEHERAN - An Iranian official said activities at the uranium conversion plant in the Isfahan plant, central Iran, resumed Monday but the seals of the plant remain unbroken.
8 August 2005
ISFAHAN/TEHERAN - An Iranian official said activities at the uranium conversion plant in the Isfahan plant, central Iran, resumed Monday but the seals of the plant remain unbroken.
The deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Saaidi, told reporters at the plant that it was reopened after inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) installed monitoring cameras there.
He said that some of the plant's research centres which were not sealed have been reopened, but the seals of the main plant are to be removed by the IAEA Tuesday.
"The activities must however be resumed in different stages but all of them will be under full surveillance of the IAEA," the official insisted.
State television reported that normal operations at the plant would be resumed in a few days.
Saaidi stressed that the Isfahan plant was just for uranium conversion activities and not for enrichment.
He also rejected remarks by an IAEA spokesman in Vienna that the activities in Isfahan have not been fully resumed and only initial preparations made, saying that as far as Iran was concerned, "the plant is already operational".
A spokesman for the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Aqamohammadi, told Mehr news agency that Iran would accept an IAEA request for more time to fully reopen the Isfahan plant and remove the seals.
Diplomatic sources in Tehran said meanwhile that Iran delivered Monday its reply to the European Union's nuclear proposals.
The reply was presented by the foreign ministry to the ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany, the sources said without disclosing the contents although with the reopening of the Isfahan plant, the reply should be negative.
SNSC spokesman Aqamohammadi also announced that ultraconservative Ali Larijani will become Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator.
Aqamohammadi told ISNA news agency that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will appoint Larijani as SNSC secretary in charge of Iran's nuclear file.
Larijani, 48, will succeed in both positions the moderate Hassan Rowhani, who had tried in the last two years to reach a compromise with the European Union.
Larijani supports the resumption of nuclear activities and has in the past criticized negotiations with the E.U. and opposes any compromise in the nuclear dispute.
Subject: German news