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Iran committed to homemade nuclear fuel 


Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says Iran will continue its homemade nuclear fuel program.

Iran says it will continue to produce homemade nuclear fuel even if world powers vow to supply its reactors with enriched uranium.

In a press conference, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is entitled to enrich uranium for the civilian application of nuclear technology.

"Iran is determined to continue peaceful nuclear work until reaching full self-sufficiency in fuel production for nuclear plants," Mottaki said.

When asked whether Tehran would suspend uranium enrichment for guaranteed international nuclear fuel import, Mottaki said Iran has lost trust in world powers due to previous broken promises - referring to Washington's failure to carry out its nuclear contracts with Tehran.

The United States had signed an agreement with Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution to build nuclear power plants in the country.


Mottaki said Iran cannot rely on the assurances given by world powers, adding that the international community should respect and grow accustomed to Tehran's right to enrich uranium.

Under White House pressure, the UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Iran, to urge the country to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

This is while under international regulations, Iran is entitled to use nuclear technology to generate electricity for its national grid which currently suffers from demand seriously outweighing supply. 

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