Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 311.
(photo credit: AP)
In an effort to stave off mounting pressure on its nuclear program, Iran
announced Saturday it was positively considering proposals made by
Brazil and Turkey on an uranium exchange scheme for civilian nuclear
use, Army Radio reported.
In such a compromise, Iran's
low-level enriched uranium would be traded for nuclear fuel rods enriched
abroad to levels enabling it to pursue civilian nuclear development only.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
reportedly said that "new
formulas have been proposed to the [nuclear] fuel exchange, and I
believe we can reach agreement over them."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad agreed earlier this week to Brazilian
mediation on the issue.
Iranian leaders previously rejected such proposals, with Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying that the West could not be trusted.
The Iranian move comes as the G5+1 nations prepare to submit a new proposal for sanctions on Iran to the UN Security Council
next week, reported to be a diluted version of the measures Israel
Iran sanctions will be ‘diluted’
won't agree to fuel swap'