Iranian speaker blasts West for seeking "chicanery" on nuclear deal

13:59, October 25, 2009      

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Iranian Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday criticized Western countries for seeking "chicanery" on a possible deal to provide higher-level enriched uranium for Tehran, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.

"The West insists on seeking chicanery or imposing some of its demands to Iran," Larijani was quoted as saying.

"They said 'we will provide you with 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel when you hand over to us your enriched material,' whereas we do not see any relation between these two issues," the Iranian speaker said.

He was referring to a possible deal for foreign countries to supply 20 percent-enriched uranium for a research reactor in the Iranian capital of Tehran, which produces medical isotopes for treating cancer in more than 200 hospitals across the country.

Larijani said, according to the rules the countries with fuel must meet the needs of those countries which have atomic reactors and "there is no logical or legal justification about the equation of providing fuel in return for receiving Iran's fuel."

Representatives from Iran, the United States, Russia, France and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met in Vienna from Monday to Wednesday to discuss the nuclear-fuel supply for the research reactor in Tehran.

The nuclear-fuel talks in Vienna concluded on Wednesday without a final agreement, but IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei presented a proposal for the four countries to mull, saying he hoped that all parties could make a firm response to his draft deal by Friday.

The draft agreement calls for shipping most of Iran's existing low-grade enriched uranium to Russia and France, where it would be processed into fuel rods with enriched uranium of a purity of 20 percent.

On Friday, the United States, Russia and France voiced their support for the proposal by ElBaradei, but Iran said it will respond next week to the draft agreement.

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