Iran offers to stop nuclear enrichment in exchange for fuel

02 October 2008

Tehran will consider ending domestic uranium enrichment if it can import nuclear fuel from overseas, according to Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Ali Ashghar Soltanieh said at a conference in Brussels on 2 October that an agreement on fuel supply with IAEA member states would be the first step towards Iran giving up its enrichment activities.

"We are going to continue as long as there is no legally binding internationally recognised instrument for assurance of supply," said Soltanieh.

However, he added that the country will retain contingency fuel reserves in case supply was disrupted.

Iran claims it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes. The US has accused Tehran of using the power programme to disguise its efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

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