Iran ready for fuel swap within its territory: spokesman

09:45, April 06, 2010      

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Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Monday that Iran is ready for fuel swap but its conditions need to be met, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

"We have always declared that we are ready for fuel exchange, but our desired terms and conditions need to be considered," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

The Islamic Republic has reiterated that it is ready to simultaneously exchange the fuel required for the Tehran research reactor with its low-enriched uranium within Iranian territory.

Under a draft deal brokered by The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), most of Iran's existing low-grade enriched uranium should be shipped to Russia and France, where it would be processed into fuel rods with the purity of 20 percent. The higher- level enriched uranium will then be transported back to Iran.

The United States and its Western allies have been accusing Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under the disguise of a civilian program. Iran has denied the accusation and stressed its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

Source: Xinhua


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