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New Plan for Iran

February 16, 2010

After announcing last week that it was enriching uranium at the 20 percent level, Tehran said major powers have presented Iran with a new offer to supply nuclear fuel in return for Iran’s shipping out of 70-80 percent of its low enriched uranium.
“After the decision by Iran to produce its own uranium enriched to 20 percent, France, Russia and the United States presented a new proposal which we are in the process of considering,” Iranian Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying on Monday, without giving details.

“The proposal from these countries will only lead to a halt to the enrichment (to 20 percent) if all the conditions that Iran has made for the exchange of (low enriched) uranium for fuel are respected,” Salehi said, adding, “Various countries have contacted Iran with ideas for the exchange of uranium for fuel and they are currently being considered.”

A UN plan proposed last October advised Iran to send the majority of its LEU to Russia for refinement and then to France for conversion into nuclear fuel rods. Iran would in tern receive the rods for its research reactor.

Iran, however, stipulated that it would only comply if the fuel was exchanged on its own soil and that it would only give up its LEU as it receives the enriched fuel. As a compromise, the IAEA has proposed that the fuel be swapped in Turkey, which has good relations with its Iranian neighbour.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was set to fly to Tehan this week for talks with Iranian officials regarding the matter.