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Iran will continue producing uranium enrichment, if Geneva talks fail.

Iran will continue producing five percent Low enriched uranium (LEU) and will for sure start work on 20 percent enriched uranium production if the Geneva talks are fruitless, the IRNA news agency reported Monday, quoting Ali Shirzadian, spokesman of Nuclear energy agency.

Shirzadian told the IRNA that providing fuel for the Tehran reactor was "a good test to see whether the West is honest with Iran."

If the upcoming talks lack the desired results for Iran, Tehran will correspond with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to announce its decision to start activities to provide the needed fuel by itself, he said.

He also said it was not "economically feasible" for Iran to purify further low enriched uranium (LEU) itself to yield the 150-300 kg of material that it needs for the reactor, but it would do so if the Vienna talks "do not bring about Iran's desired result."

"We will never abandon our right (to enrich)," he added.

The Islamic Republic is under IAEA and world power pressure for nuclear restraint and transparency and won a reprieve from harsher U.N. sanctions with its gestures of cooperation in Geneva.

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Date:Oct 19, 2009
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