October 7, 2009

Iran Fields Third-Party Enrichment Offers

According to the IRNA news agency, Iran has received offers to provide it with uranium enriched to nearly 20 percent for nuclear reactor fuel use, pursuant to recent proposals outlined in talks for third party enrichment. Western diplomats said Iran had agreed in principle at October 1 talks in Geneva to send about 80 percent of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing to then be returned to Tehran towards reactor use in the production of medical isotopes for cancer care.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly said:

“There have been some proposals by individual countries and groups of countries. We are ready to hold talks with anyone interested. Our experts will soon start talks with those sellers,” Ahmadinejad said.

“We want to buy fuel. We can buy it from anywhere and America can be a seller,” ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

In other news, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has accused the U.S. of involvement in the disappearance of nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri during a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in late May 2009. Mottaki has alleged documentation of U.S. involvement in the incident. Amiri was a researcher at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University reportedly working on medical applications of the nuclear program.

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