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Outgoing President Says Iran Might Resume Nuclear Work

27 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's outgoing President Mohamad Khatami said today that Iran will resume some sensitive nuclear work regardless of what proposals the European Union makes in the next few days to try and dissuade it.

Khatami told reporters he hopes that the two sides can agree on proposals which will allow for the resumption of uranium ore conversion activities at the Isfahan nuclear plant.

But he said that even if they do not, Iran will resume that type of work at Isfahan.

Khatami gave no date for the resumption of conversion, the process that turns uranium ore into a gas as a precursor to enrichment.

Iran suspended both conversion and enrichment last November as part of talks with the European Union on providing guarantees that its nuclear program is exclusively civil in return for a package of incentives.

The United States suspects Iran is secretly trying to build an atomic bomb.