Iran not to talk with major powers over its nuclear program

09:53, April 07, 2010      

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Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran will not hold talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (G5+1) over its nuclear program, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

"If the G5+1 countries' agenda is Iran's nuclear issue, ours is not," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

"We believe our nuclear case has been over and it is now moving in its natural path," he told reporters in his weekly press briefing.

"Concerning providing fuel for Tehran's research reactor, we have already declared our offer, we hope it will bear fruitful results," said Mehmanparast.

Mehmanparast said Monday Iran is ready for fuel swap but its conditions need to be met, ISNA reported.

Tehran has insisted that it would be ready to simultaneously exchange the fuel, which is required for the Tehran research reactor, with its low-enriched uranium within Iranian territory.

Under the draft deal, most of Iran's existing low-grade enriched uranium should be shipped to Russia and France to be processed into fuel rods with the purity of 20 percent. The higher- level enriched uranium will then be transported back to Iran.

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