Iran urges nuclear states to supply fuel for Tehran reactor

08:40, November 10, 2009      

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A senior Iranian lawmaker Monday urged the nuclear countries to supply the needed fuel for Tehran's research reactor, the English language satellite Press TV reported.

"Countries which possess nuclear fuel are duty-bound to provide the Islamic Republic with it," Kazem Jalali, spokesman for Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission was quoted as saying.

"The purchase of 20-percent enriched uranium for the Tehran reactor" is Iran's priority, said Jalali.

However, he stressed that "requiring Iran to hand over huge amounts of its enriched uranium in exchange for nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor is a digressive issue."

A draft agreement, presented earlier by the International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, called for shipping most of Iran's existing low-grade enriched uranium to Russia and France to be processed into fuel rods with a purity of 20 percent.

The United States, Russia and France have approved the draft deal, but Iran said it wanted amendments and more talks on the issue.

Source: Xinhua

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