Iran rejects US nuclear deal demands on research freeze

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Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to reject some of the U.S.’ key demands on a nuclear deal on Tuesday, just one week before its deadline. He also drew new "red lines" that could make the deal even more difficult to achieve.

The so-called P5+1 (the U.S., UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany) want Iran to scale back its nuclear activities permanently, and to reduce its 20,000 centrifuges used to turn natural uranium into enriched uranium to about 6,000 in 10 years.

According to Reuters, the aim of the negotiations is to convince Iran to limit its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions, which have heavily affected the country’s economy.

Khameini however considered the U.S.’ demand to freeze nuclear activities for 10 years “unacceptable”, and said Iran will dismantle its nuclear infrastructure only after the lifting of international economic sanctions on the country, BBC reported.

Khameini also said Iran does not accept a 10-year restriction for nuclear development and research and will not allow international inspectors to visit Iran's military sites, which Western countries suspect have been used for nuclear weapons research.

Iran denies its nuclear program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons capability, insisting it is for peaceful purposes such as generating electricity, Reuters reported.

Despite rejecting some of the West’s key demands on the deal, Iran said it will continue its efforts to achieve an agreement.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. The P5 countries aim to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon
2. Nuclear centrifuges reduction in ten years
3. Sanctions being lifted
4. Iran dismantling its nuclear facilities
5. Restriction for nuclear research
6. Inspectors being denied access to Iranian military sites


VOICEOVER:

“The so-called P5+1 (the U.S., UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany) want Iran to scale back its nuclear activities permanently to prevent the nation from building nuclear weapons.”

“... and to reduce the 20,000 centrifuges it uses to turn natural uranium into enriched uranium to about 6,000 in 10 years.”

“Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that the country will dismantle its nuclear infrastructure only if international economic sanctions are lifted first.”

“He also said Iran does not accept a 10-year restriction for nuclear development and research…

“and that it will not allow international inspectors to visit Iran's military sites, which Western countries suspect have been used for nuclear weapons research.”

SOURCES: BBC , REUTERS
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33253488

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/03/us-iran-nuclear-usa-idUSKBN0LZ0YU20150303