Iran's Larijani Meets With UN Nuclear Chief
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Ali Larijani (right) greets Muhammad el-Baradei during a previous meeting over Iran's nuclear program (file photo) (Fars)
June 22, 2007 -- The head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani, has met with Muhammad el-Baradei, chief of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency.
Ahead of the meeting in Vienna, Iran again ruled out suspending its uranium enrichment program, as demanded by the UN Security Council.
Larijani, who serves as Iran's top nuclear negotiator, is expected to meet in Portugal on June 23 with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, for talks on ways to settle the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Purmohammadi says Tehran has 100 kilograms of enriched-uranium material in storage -- or about 20 percent of what is needed for one nuclear bomb.
The ISNA news agency reports that Purmohammadi made the claim in a speech in southwestern Iran on June 21.
Uranium enrichment is a process to make fuel for nuclear power plants that can also provide material for atom bombs.