Nothing illegal about enrichment plant: Iran

September 26, 2009 09:51 pm | Updated December 17, 2016 04:25 am IST - DUBAI

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said western accusations about Iran’s recently disclosed nuclear facility will not affect the October 1 talks between Tehran and the six major global powers.

At a press conference in New York, Mr. Ahmadinejad stressed that there was nothing illegal about Iran’s second enrichment plant.

“According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) rules, countries must inform the Agency 6 months ahead of the gas injection in their uranium enrichment plants. We have done it 18 months ahead and this should be appreciated not condemned,” he said.

The Iranian President was critical of U.S. President Barack Obama who, along with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy had slammed Iran on Friday for working on a second uranium enrichment facility near the Iranian city of Qom.

“[French President Nicolas] Sarkozy and [U.K. Prime Minister Gordon] Brown are not important for us and what they say does not matter but we think President Obama’s accusations are against what he said in his speech at the United Nations,” said Mr. Ahmadinejad.

The U.S. along with Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany will hold talks with Iran on October 1.

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