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Iran Denies it Agreed to Limited Enrichment Program

In a statement, Iran said that it was going full-force forward with its program to enrich uranium to a level of 20%.
By David Lev
First Publish: 11/4/2012, 8:05 PM

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
AFP/Atta Kenare

Iran denied Sunday that it had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment program. In a statement, Iran said that it was going full-force forward with its program to enrich uranium to a level of 20%.

The statement came after a senior Iranian politician, Muhammad Hassan Asfari, was quoted Saturday as hinting that Iran would halt the program, at least temporarily, if Western sanctions against the country were relaxed. The latest statement said that there would be no “gestures” to the West in this regard, and that the program was continuing as usual. “There has been no change,” said the statement, published by the Fars news agency.

Asfari himself denied that he had hinted at any halt or change in the program. “The enrichment has not stopped, and will not be stopped,” he said at a meeting of the Iranian parliament. With that, he added, “Iran stands by its position to use foreign-produced uranium for use in its experimental nuclear reactor, if the sanctions are lifted.”

The statement Sunday was the latest denial of reports that have appeared over the past several weeks that Tehran had agreed to discuss its nuclear program with the U.S. The White House has also denied the reports. According to a report in the New York Times, Iran had agreed to the talks, but insisted they only take place after this week's presidential election.