Iran rejects sending uranium abroad but considers fuel swap

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 20:06

Tehran: Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr
Mottaki said today Tehran had ruled out sending any
low-enriched uranium abroad but would consider a simultaneous
fuel swap inside the country, a report said.

Mottaki according to the ISNA news agency also said the
Islamic republic is ready for another round of talks with
world powers over securing fuel for its Tehran research
reactor. The first meeting was held in Vienna on October 19.

A UN-backed proposal drafted at that meeting, which would
have seen Tehran`s stocks of low-enriched uranium sent out the
country for further enrichment, was not feasible, Mottaki
said.

"We reviewed it ... from an economic and technical
aspect. We will definitely not send out our 3.5 per cent
enriched uranium," the minister said.

"It means that we will (instead) consider swapping the
(nuclear) fuel simultaneously in Iran," he added.

Mottaki added that "Iranian experts are reviewing the
issue of swap to see how much fuel can be transferred. The
amount they mentioned for the swap is not acceptable ... and
our experts are still studying it."

Under the UN-backed deal, Iran would rely on Russia and
France to process low-enriched uranium to fuel a Tehran
reactor that makes medical isotopes.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 20:06
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