Iran rejects sending uranium abroad but considers fuel swap
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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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