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How much nuclear power does Iran need?

Iran could clarify the bottom line on enrichment with an up-to-date assessment of its needs for nuclear power in domestic energy production.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrive for a press statement after a conference in Vienna February 20, 2014. Iran and six world powers have agreed on an agenda for negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme and will meet again in the second half of March in Vienna. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader  (AUSTRIA - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY BUSINESS) - RTX195VO
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The new round of Iran nuclear talks concluded on Feb. 20, where the world powers and Iran agreed on a framework, a plan of action and a timetable to conduct negotiations on a comprehensive agreement in the next four months. “We have had three very productive days during which we have identified all of the issues we need to address in reaching a comprehensive and final agreement,” European Union foreign policy head Catherine Ashton said.

One of the major challenges that negotiations would face, however, is to determine Iran’s real domestic demand for nuclear energy. The reason is that according to the Geneva interim agreement, the comprehensive solution should “involve a mutually defined enrichment program with mutually agreed parameters consistent with practical needs, with agreed limits on scope and level of enrichment activities, capacity, where it is carried out, and stocks of enriched uranium, for a period to be agreed upon (emphasis added).”

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