Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Iran Willing to Swap Nuclear Fuel Inside Iran

clipped from www1.voanews.com
Iran says it is willing to swap its low-enriched uranium for more highly processed nuclear fuel, but the exchange must happen on Iranian territory.
The Iranian government made the offer in a document released Tuesday. It is the first formal response to a proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency for Iran to ship its uranium abroad to be processed into fuel for an Iranian nuclear research reactor.
Earlier this month, Iran said it has begun enriching uranium to a higher level, a process that world powers fear could give Iran the capability to build a nuclear weapon.
The United States and other world powers have been calling for a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran because of its uranium enrichment activity.
Meanwhile, China on Tuesday repeated its call for a diplomatic solution to the dispute.
Tehran's other traditional ally on the Security Council, Russia, has recently shown willingness to take a stronger stance against the Islamic Republic.
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