Rouhani: Iran won’t accept ‘nuclear apartheid;’ could go back to 20% enrichment

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a ceremony at the Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) in Tehran on May 11, 2014.  (photo credit: AFP/HO/ PRESIDENCY WEBSITE)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during a ceremony at the Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) in Tehran on May 11, 2014. (Photo: AFP/HO/ PRESIDENCY WEBSITE)

by AFP and TOI Staff, May 12, 2014


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country will go back to producing 20 percent enriched uranium “whenever necessary” and won’t back down from achieving its nuclear goals, Iran’s Mehr News agency reported on Sunday.

Iran will not accept “nuclear apartheid” but is willing to offer more transparency over its atomic activities, Rouhani declared ahead of new talks with world powers.

The limiting of production and stockpiles of 20% uranium is a key demand from Western powers seeking to curb Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran and the P5+1 group of nations will start hammering out a draft accord Tuesday aimed at ending a decade-long stand-off over suspicions that the Islamic republic is concealing military objectives.

“We have nothing to put on the table and offer to them but transparency. That’s it. Our nuclear technology is not up for negotiation,” Rouhani, referring to the West, said in remarks broadcast on state television.

“Iran will not retreat one step in the field of nuclear technology… we will not accept nuclear apartheid,” he said.

Read more: Iran says it could go back to 20% enrichment | The Times of Israel


From January 1-July 4, 2014 there are 184 days (6 months and 4 days). Iran has been given six months (184 days) to show good faith regarding their nuclear programs. The United States must insist that no more billions of dollars, gold or other resources will be released for transfer to Iran as a result of sanctions loosening. Neither should oil exports be increased to other nations, including Russia which is negotiating a side deal with Iran worth $1.5 billion per month known as ‘oil for goods.’ In this bartering scheme Russia will continue to build Iran’s nuclear facilities in exchange for oil that Russia may use or sell on the world market. Most importantly, the main intent of the current nuclear talks is to assure the cessation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program; this must be proved and continually verified.