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February 28, 2021

Long-delayed talks on Iran nuclear programme resume

Long-stalled talks about Iran’s nuclear program resumed in Switzerland on Monday, a day after Tehran touted it has everything needed to produce nuclear fuel, according to CNN. Representatives from Iran and Germany joined those from members of the U.N. Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom – at the meeting Monday and Tuesday in Geneva, said a spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Mike Hammer, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said the talks will try “to underscore the concern of the entire international community in Iran’s actions and intentions.” The so-called P5 plus 1 group has been meeting intermittently, with the last round of talks coming more than a year ago. Its members have expressed strong and differing views on Iran’s nuclear program.

Russia, for instance, is supplying fuel rods for Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor. Meanwhile, the United States and many of its closer allies have voiced concerns that Iran is trying to make nuclear weapons – something Tehran denies. Iran already faces stiff sanctions from the international community because it has continued to enrich uranium.

But Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told state-run Press TV on Sunday that the country is producing yellowcake, meaning its nuclear program is self-sufficient since it now makes everything needed to make nuclear fuel.

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