By Julian Pecquet - 06/28/13 06:38 PM EDT
Iran said Friday it will go forward with its nuclear enrichment goals despite the recent election of a relative moderate to the presidency, dealing a setback to the Obama administration.
The United States and other nations negotiating with Iran had hoped that Hassan Rouhani's election might lead the country to consider requests that it halt enrichment to a fissile concentration of 20 percent and close down its underground plant at Fordow. The head of Iran's atomic energy agency said no on both counts.
The production of nuclear fuel, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani told reporters at a nuclear energy conference in Russia, will “continue in line with our declared goals.”
“The enrichment linked to fuel production will also not change,” he said, according to Reuters.
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