Votes to Resume Uranium
November 1, 2004
Tehran, Iran-- Iranian
lawmakers unanimously voted to approve the outline of a bill requiring
the government to resume uranium enrichment, a move likely to deepen an
international dispute over Tehran's atomic activities.
Hossein Mousavian, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, said that a compromise
could still be reached with European negotiators to avert the risk of
Britain, France and Germany have offered Iran a trade deal and peaceful
nuclear technology-- including a light-water research reactor -- in return
for assurances Iran would indefinitely stop enriching uranium . Uranium
enriched to a low level can be used to produce nuclear fuel, but if enriched
further it can be used to make nuclear weapons.
While lawmakers were discussing the bill, Mousavian ruled out an indefinite
suspension of enrichment activities. But he suggested Iran would consider
halting the building of more nuclear facilities, which it would need to
produce enough fuel for additional power plants.