NEW YORK – Iran would consider ending uranium enrichment, the most crucial part of its controversial nuclear activities, if world powers send Teheran nuclear fuel for a medical research reactor, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters Friday.
Addressing a packed press conference in a New York hotel, Ahmadinejad also said Iran was prepared to set a date for resumption of talks with six world powers to discuss Teheran's nuclear program, saying October would be the likely time for the two sides to meet.
Ahmadinejad also defended his remarks at the UN a day earlier in which he claimed most people in the world believe the United States was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and again challenged the United Nations to set up a commission to probe the attacks.
"I did not pass judgment, but don't you feel that the time has come to have a fact finding committee?" Ahmadinejad asked.
Ahmadinejad said Iran had no interest in enriching uranium from around 3.5 percent to 20 percent purity but was forced to do so after the world powers refused to provide nuclear fuel that is needed for a Teheran reactor that produces medical isotopes for patients.