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February 3, 2010
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has ‘no problem’ giving uranium to west for further enrichment, but wants it back within five months
US and European officials today reacted sceptically to Iran‘s offer to send uranium abroad for enrichment as a way of ending its standoff with the west.
The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said yesterday that Iran was ready to send uranium overseas as requested by the UN.
Speaking in an interview with state television, he said Iran would have “no problem” giving the west its low-enriched uranium and taking it back several months later when it had been enriched by 20%.
“If we allow them to take it, there is no problem. We sign a contract to give 3.5% enriched uranium and receive 20% enriched after four or five months,” the president said.
He dismissed concerns voiced by what he described as “colleagues” that the west would not return the uranium, saying Iran would respond to that by continuing to produce its own enriched uranium.
The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said his interpretation of the Iranian offer was that Tehran was “trying to buy time”.
He told reporters in Paris he was “perplexed and even a bit pessimistic”.
A UN proposal, drawn up last October, envisaged Iran sending low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for further enrichment before use in a research reactor in Tehran.
The plan was intended to reduce international tensions between Iran and the countries negotiating over its nuclear programme — the US, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany.
However, Ahmadinejad’s timeframe of four or five months appeared to fall short of the full year that western officials said it would take for Iran’s enriched fuel to be turned into rods for a reactor.
If this difference cannot be bridged, it could allow Iran to claim that the deal had failed because of western foot-dragging.
Responding to Ahmadinejad’s remarks, PJ Crowley, a US state department spokesman, said: “There is a forum to be able to resolve whether this is a serious offer, and that’s through the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency].
“If Iran is serious, they can inform the IAEA that they are ready to accept the deal that’s on the table.”
Ahmadinejad did not address whether Iran was ready to ship out most of its stockpile in one batch — another condition set by the six world powers endorsing the fuel swap.
If Iran agreed to export most of its enriched uranium in one shipment, that would delay its ability to make a nuclear weapon by depriving it of the material needed to construct the fissile core.
Experts believe Tehran would need at least 12 months to replenish its stockpile at its present rate of uranium enrichment.
The west suspects the nuclear programme is geared toward acquiring atomic weapons, but Iran has said the programme is intended only for generating energy.
In a separate development, Iran said it had successfully launched a rocket carrying a mouse, turtle and worms into space for research purposes.
The launch of the Kavoshgar-3 — which means Explorer-3 in Farsi — came after Iranian state television broadcast images of officials putting the creatures inside a capsule before the rocket took off.
The defence minister, General Ahmad Vahidi, announced the launch but did not elaborate on the rocket or its research purposes.
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