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Concerning the international talks about the Iranian nuclear program taking place today in Geneva, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, says:

"We voluntarily agreed to enrich up to 5%. We are discussing the volume of enrichment and production for one year. Right now we have 9,000 working centrifuges that produce 2.5 tons of uranium, while our needs are 30 tons per year, but they will not approve of this rate and say this is too much and that we should lower the number of centrifuges and convert the enriched uranium to 5%."

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And Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association (where I work part-time), adds:

"The two sides agree in principle that the design of and fuel for Iran's Arak heavy-water reactor can and should be modified to drastically cut its output of weapons-grade plutonium. They agree that Iran should implement and ratify measures that would allow short-notice inspections of undeclared sites and provide early notification of new nuclear projects to the IAEA. This would allow for prompt detection and disruption of a clandestine nuclear weapons effort. "

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"Both sides understand that the ongoing IAEA investigation of past Iranian activities with "possible military dimensions" will continue after a comprehensive nuclear agreement is reached. At the same time, it is clear that all sanctions tied to this particular issue will not be removed unless the questions are adequately resolved. This makes it more likely that if there is a comprehensive nuclear agreement, Iran will have a stronger incentive to provide the IAEA with the information necessary to determine that no such efforts are taking place now or will in the future."

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