In an apparent turnaround, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran was willing to send its low-enriched uranium abroad in exchange for nuclear fuel. Iran had earlier rejected a similar deal from the UN nuclear agency.
REUTERS - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday Iran was ready to send its enriched uranium abroad in exchange for nuclear fuel under a plan the West hopes will stop the material being used for atomic bombs.
The U.N. nuclear agency has brokered a proposed deal under which Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, would send its low enriched uranium abroad in exchange for more highly enriched fuel to produce medical isotopes.
"We have no problem sending our enriched uranium abroad," Ahmadinejad told state television.
"We say: we will give you our 3.5 percent enriched uranium and will get the fuel. It may take 4 to 5 months until we get the fuel,"he said.
"If we send our enriched uranium abroad and then they do not give us the 20 percent enriched fuel for our reactor, we are capable of producing it inside Iran," he added.
Date created : 2010-02-02