Iran 'studying more proposals on fuel swap'

Iran is studying proposals from the United States, Russia and France on a nuclear fuel swap.

Iran 'studying more proposals on fuel swap'

Iran is studying proposals from the United States, Russia and France on a nuclear fuel swap, after Tehran said last week that it was stepping up its own uranium enrichment, an official said on Monday.

It was not clear how far the proposals referred to by Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy organisation, went beyond a deal brokered last year by the United Nations nuclear watchdog which Tehran has yet to accept.

"After Iran's decision to internally produce 20 percent enriched uranium, we received some proposals from Russia, America and France and right now we are studying this issue along with other proposals from different countries," he was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency ILNA.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany have so far failed to agree on terms for swapping uranium for enrichment outside Iran.

"These countries' proposal will only stop Iran from enrichment when all our terms and conditions for swapping enriched uranium are observed," Salehi said.

"From now on the continuous production of 20 percent fuel is on the agenda and the first 5.3 uranium capsule for injection at the Natanz facility is finished," he added.

Reuters

Last Mod: 15 Şubat 2010, 17:05
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