Nov. 27 - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran will continue to enrich uranium days after a landmark agreement to curb its nuclear programme. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran will continue to enrich uranium days after an historic meeting in which the country agreed to curb it's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. The deal, reached Sunday between Iran and six other world powers, includes Iran's commitment to stop most, but not all, of it's uranium enrichment. During an interview on local television, Rouhani said Iran will never stop enriching uranium because it is part of the country's nuclear rights. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING: "I want to assure our people that the principles set by people, the rights which belong to the people, the framework which the Supreme Leader has set, these will be applied until the end of the negotiations. Meaning that in the country, our nuclear right will be operational with more strength and clarity. Even the right of enrichment which is a part of our nuclear rights will continue. It (enrichment) is being continued today, it will continue tomorrow, and our enrichment will never stop. This is our red line. The enrichment in Iran will never be stopped and this is our red line. Enrichment is our clear line, whether some tend to like it and some not." It's unclear whether Rouhani meant the country will continue to enrich uranium below a fissile purity of 5 percent, as was agreed upon in the deal, or if they will continue enriching uranium at a higher fissile purity, breaking the rules of the deal.