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Iran seeks "objective guarantees" on nuclear fuel exchange
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2009-11-25 14:51

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Tuesday that Iran seeks "objective guarantees" on nuclear fuel exchange, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Iran's position concerning the necessity of objective guarantees (by West) to provide fuel for Tehran Research Reactor means simultaneous swap of fuel in Iran," Salehi was quoted as saying.

Iran is potentially able to provide its needed high grade enriched uranium but it prefers to buy it from abroad, Salehi told IRNA, adding that "There are a number of messages in our preference and we hope the other side (West) understand these messages."

Iran is not opposed to sending low-enriched uranium abroad, but demands 100 percent guarantees for a nuclear fuel deal, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday.

Iran has been repeatedly urged to respond to a draft deal brokered by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director- General Mohamed ElBaradei.

The deal calls for shipping some 70 percent of Iran's low-level enriched uranium to Russia and France, where the low-enriched uranium would be processed into fuel rods with a purity of 20 percent.

The deal has been agreed by the other parties involved in negotiations with Tehran, including the United States, Russia and France, but Iran wants amendments and more talks over the issue.

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