Iran’s President-elect Hasan Rouhani called his victory in national elections this month a vote for change, and vowed on Shabbos to remain committed to his campaign promises of moderation and constructive interaction with the outside world.
However, Iran’s nuclear energy chief, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, said at a nuclear energy conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia, over the weekend that Iran would press ahead with its uranium enrichment program, signaling no immediate change of course despite Rouhani’s election victory.
Speaking to reporters with the help of an interpreter, Abbasi-Davani said that production of nuclear fuel would “continue in line with our declared goals. The enrichment linked to fuel production will also not change.”
Abbasi-Davani said work at Iran’s underground Fordo plant — which the West wants Iran to close — would also continue. Iran refines uranium at Fordo to a level that is relatively close to the threshold needed for atom bombs.
Read more at Israel Hayom.