Iran not opposed to send uranium abroad: FM spokesman
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 15:31
  
Tehran: Iran does not oppose sending its low-enriched uranium abroad as long as there is a simultaneous exchange of nuclear fuel inside the country, the foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

"Iran is not opposed to sending uranium abroad, but is considering how to do that," Ramin Mehmanparast told a news conference.

He said Tehran wanted a "100 per cent guarantee" that it would receive the fuel required for its research reactor and "one of the guarantees is a simultaneous exchange of fuel (exchanging 3.5 per cent enriched uranium with 20 per cent enriched by world powers) inside the country."

Iran and world powers have been at loggerheads for weeks, failing to reach a nuclear fuel deal aimed at allaying Western concerns over Tehran's nuclear programme.

The West, led by Washington, fears Iran might otherwise covertly divert some of its LEU stocks for further enrichment to the much higher levels required for a bomb, an ambition Iranian officials strongly deny.

To defuse the crisis, the UN atomic watchdog brokered a deal last month under which Iran would send 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of LEU, or 70 per cent of total stocks, to Russia and then France for conversion into fuel required for the Tehran reactor.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 15:31


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