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Javad Vaidi addressing students in Tehran on 14 February (epa)
14 February 2006 -- Iran today confirmed that it has restarted its uranium enrichment activities.
Iran's nuclear negotiator Javad Vaidi said enrichment activities are under way at Iran's underground nuclear facility at Natanz.
Vaidi also said that talks with Russia on a proposal to enrich Iran's uranium on Russian territory will resume in Moscow on 20 February, four days later than first planned.
Russia's proposal to enrich Iranian uranium is meant to allay fears that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful, and that it will only accept Russia's plan as a supplement to enrichment activities inside Iran.
(IRNA, RIA Novosti, AP, Reuters, dpa)
READOn 4 February, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency approved in a 27-3 vote a resolution to report the matter of Iran's nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council. The key section of the resolution is Section 1, which states that the Board of Governors:
Underlines that outstanding questions can best be resolved and confidence built in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's program by Iran responding positively to the calls for confidence-building measures which the Board has made on Iran, and in this context deems it necessary for Iran to:
- reestablish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and processing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency;
- reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;
- ratify promptly and implement in full Additional Protocol;
- pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol with Iran signed on 18 December 2003;
- implement the transparency measures, as requested by the Director General, which extend beyond the former requirements of the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, and include such access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military-owned workshops and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations.
COMPLETE TEXT: To read the final resolution, with late-hour changes highlighted, click here.
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