Fars: Iran not suspending 20% nuclear enrichment

Semi-official news agency denies Arab media reports that the Islamic Republic is making a "goodwill gesture."

November 4, 2012 10:15
Isfahan uranium conversion facility

Isfahan uranium conversion facility 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Iran is not suspending 20 percent uranium enrichment in its nuclear program, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

The semi-official news agency cited an "informed source" as saying "20 percent uranium enrichment activities continue as before and no change has happened."

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The informed source added that "News about Iran's nuclear issues is only announced by the secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC)."

On Saturday, the pan-Arab Al Arabiya news channel cited an Iranian parliamentarian as saying that Iran suspended 20 percent uranium enrichment in an effort to release itself from Western sanctions.

Foreign Policy and National Security Commission of Parliament Mohammad Hossein Asfari news agency also referred to an enrichment suspension, describing it as a "good will gesture," according to an ISNA report the same day.

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