Iran says has legal right to uranium enrichment

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 27, 2018, 05:09 PM IST

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Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comment on Iran's right to uranium enrichment is inadmissible.

Qassemi said, the newly appointed Secretary of State doesn't know about the realities and international developments, Sputnik reported.

He further said that their right to uranium enrichment had been established and its awareness exists in the country.

In an interview with Voice of America, on May 25, Pompeo said, it is not "appropriate for Iran to have the capacity to create fissile material, to enrich uranium or have a plutonium factory."

If Iran needs a peaceful nuclear programme, they could import the material, he added.

Earlier this week, Pompeo tore into the Iranian regime, saying he threatened to impose the "strongest sanctions in the history" of Iran.

Pompeo asserted that the deal required "major" changes and said Washington D.C. would never allow Tehran to develop a nuclear weapon.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was still possible to save the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015, despite US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement. 

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an international agreement earlier this month aimed at stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb, and said he would reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran immediately.

Since then, signatories of the Iran nuclear deal meet with the Islamic republic in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement two weeks after Washington's dramatic withdrawal.

For the first time since the deal came into force in 2015, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany will gather -- at Iran's request -- without the United States, which pulled out on May 8.