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Iran to continue uranium enrichment to produce fuel: atomic chief

2010-08-20 12:14:05 GMT2010-08-20 20:14:05 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A general view shows the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, Aug. 20, 2010. Bushehr nuclear power plant, the first one in Iran, will begin fuel injection on Aug. 21, after which the power plant will be launched soon. Iran handed over the Bushehr project, started by German firms in the 1970s, to Russia in 1995. The launch of the project has been postponed repeatedly in recent years. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

An Iranian security guard stands in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, Aug. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

A general view shows the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, Aug. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

An Iranian security guard stands in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, Aug. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

An Iranian security guard stands in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, Aug. 20, 2010. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said Friday that Iran will continue enrichment to produce fuel for both Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and other power plants to be built in Iran in future, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Speaking to IRNA, Salehi turned down White House call on Iran to suspend enrichment once Russia supplies fuel to Bushehr facility.

Last Friday, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said "Russia is providing the fuel (for Bushehr plant) and taking the fuel back out," which means that Iran does not need its own enrichment program.

"That (Gibbs' remark) is a wrong logic," said Salehi referring to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's recent remark that fuel cycle is natural right of Iranian nation, said IRNA.

The Russian Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) has said that the launch of the Bushehr plant in Iran has been set for Aug. 21.

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