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Iran to resume N-fuel research

Iran will resume nuclear fuel research activities in the next days after a suspension of over two years.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 22:37 IST

Iran will resume nuclear fuel research activities in the next days after a suspension of over two years, the deputy head of its atomic energy agency said on Tuesday.

"In a letter, the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) has been informed that Iran will start research on the technology of nuclear fuel in a few days, with the cooperation and coordination of the agency," Mohammad Saidi told state television.

Saidi did not specify exactly what the research concerned, but said that the Islamic republic had "voluntarily" suspended such activities during the past two-and-a-half-years.

However, he made clear that the decision was not linked to the production of nuclear fuel. Iran has maintained a suspension on its uranium enrichment operations since October 2003.

"This issue... has nothing to do with production of nuclear fuel. These two are separate things from one another. No decision has been made about nuclear fuel production."

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 16:48 IST