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Iran to continue high-grade uranium enrichment: lawmaker

TEHRAN, Dec. 30 — 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.

In November, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi said the Islamic republic would "decisively" continue uranium enrichment.

"Despite the sanctions, it is more likely that we will have a considerable growth in the (operation of) centrifuge machines this year and we will continue (uranium) enrichment decisively," Abbasi was quoted by the state IRIB TV as saying.

The West has been accusing Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under a civilian disguise, a charge that has been repeatedly denied by Tehran. (PNA/Xinhua)

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