Iran To Continue High-Grade Uranium Enrichment: Lawmaker -- NZWeek/Xinhuanet
TEHRAN, Dec. 29 — A senior Iranian lawmaker said Saturday that Tehran is determined to continue uranium enrichment to the purity level of 20 percent and considers that as an indispensable right of the Iranian nation, semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Mansour Haqiqatpour, a member of Iranian Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Iran would never exchange this right for the world powers’ content.
Irrespective of agreement or disagreement of the P5+1 ( including the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany), the Islamic republic will not give up its right to nuclear technology and the production of 20-percent enriched uranium, which is needed for radio-medicine, Haqiqatpour was quoted as saying.
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My Comment: So much for speculation from the New York Times that the Iranians may want a deal.
Update: Not to be undone by the New York Times, The Washington Post is now expressing hope for a deal.