Iran considers halting high-grade enrichment: Ahmadinejad

DUBAI Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:52am EDT

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks on while attending a meeting with Egyptian experts in Tehran June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looks on while attending a meeting with Egyptian experts in Tehran June 1, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl

DUBAI (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared to indicate that Iran would be prepared to stop high-grade uranium enrichment - a demand of the United States and its allies - if world powers agreed to meet its needs for the fuel.

"From the beginning the Islamic Republic has stated that if European countries provided 20 percent enriched fuel for Iran, it would not enrich to this level," Ahmadinejad stated in comments published on his presidential website.

Meeting to discuss Iran's nuclear program in Moscow on Monday, world powers are to push for the suspension of its high-grade uranium enrichment activities over fears Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons capability. Tehran denies this.

(Reporting By Marcus George; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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matthewslyman wrote:
“From the beginning the Islamic Republic has stated that if European countries provided 20 percent enriched fuel for Iran, it would not enrich to this level,” Ahmadinejad stated in comments published on his presidential website.

Is this a literal translation of what he said/ wrote? It sounds like more equivocation to me. “to this level”… Or to higher levels???

Jun 18, 2012 5:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
breezinthru wrote:
Okay, I’m waiting for the caveat.

Jun 18, 2012 5:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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