Iranian official says 20 percent uranium enrichment continues

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has not halted its uranium enrichment to a level of 20 percent, despite media reports that it had.

Kazzem Jalali, a member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told the semi-official Iranian news agency FARS on Sunday that the Islamic Republic is continuing to enrich uranium to 20 percent ,because it is ” needed for Tehran’s (Research) Reactor and its medical purposes,” such as treating cancer patients.

He said that uranium enrichment is an “inalienable right.”   

On Saturday night, media reports stated that Iran had put a halt to 20 percent uranium enrichment activities, as a sign of good faith to Western countries to convince them to relax sanctions on the country.

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