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Iran defends development of advanced centrifuges
Published Sunday 12/01/2014 (updated) 13/01/2014 11:07
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Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi speaks during
a press conference in Tehran on Nov. 11, 2013 (AFP/File Atta Kenare)
TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi on Saturday defended Tehran's "right" to carry out research on advanced centrifuges, media reported.

Iran and world powers agreed Friday on how to implement a landmark deal reached in November on containing Tehran's nuclear program, but it must still be approved by each country before it can take effect.

"Advanced centrifuges, which are Iran's right (to use), were one of the points of disagreement raised by the other party," Salehi was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

Under the November deal, Tehran agreed to curb parts of its nuclear drive for six months in exchange for receiving modest relief from international sanctions and a promise by Western powers not to impose new measures against its hard-hit economy.

In August, Iran said it has about 19,000 centrifuges, including 1,000 of new P-2 generation, confirming figures from the UN watchdog overseeing its disputed nuclear drive.

Iran is also developing newer generation of centrifuges which are more powerful than the previous ones.

Western nations and Israel have long suspected Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapons capability alongside its civilian program, a charge Tehran denies.

Two days of talks between high-level Iranian and EU negotiators ended in Geneva Friday with "very good progress on all the pertinent issues," said Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The EU represents the so-called P5+1 group of world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- in the decade-long nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Iran's deputy chief nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said "we found solutions for all the points of disagreement."
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1 ) Robert / US
12/01/2014 20:02
Imho, Iran has every right to the technology, they are very smart people who I believe would never use nuclear weapons on anyone. And to deney them is to maybe lose the cure for cancer and or any other things that could be done for peace and prosperity of all people's in every country... the Jewish lobby pushing for war is not the anwser to anything !! Enough is Enough.. No more Wars !!

2 ) @ Robert-1 / Peace
13/01/2014 16:13
* FIRST COMES WORDS OF PEACE, getting Iranian leaders to say your words: "Enough is Enough.. No more Wars", and "War is not the anwser",
* TO THE STATE OF ISRAEL, and only then
Second comes supporting Iranian "rights to Nuclear technology."

3 ) Robert / US
13/01/2014 22:46
#2 give me an example of when Iran has ever threatened another nation like Israel has, by invading airspace or even attacking ships like the USS LIBERTY, and dont give me that distorted into the sea junk..no one trusts or likes israel , why is that ?. Why dont they sign the NPT ?. Iran has. No more neocon wars for banksters or wall st .and especially israel
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