TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday Iran was ready to send its enriched uranium abroad in exchange for nuclear fuel.
The U.N. nuclear agency has brokered a proposed deal under which Iran would send its low enriched uranium abroad in exchange for more highly enriched fuel to produce medical isotopes.
Western diplomats have said Iran has effectively turned down the proposal, saying it was not willing to send its low-enriched uranium abroad for further processing.
“We have no problem sending our enriched uranium abroad,” Ahmadinejad told state television.
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency said last month a deal on uranium enrichment was still possible, but Iran said it wanted changes to the draft accord meant to allay Western fears over its nuclear program.
Western officials have stopped short of declaring the plan dead but said Tehran’s approach had not been serious.
The United States, Britain, Germany and France have called for a fourth round of U.N. measures against Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment activities as demanded by five Security Council resolutions.
Iran insists it has a sovereign right to produce nuclear fuel for what it says is a peaceful civilian atomic energy program. The West fears Tehran’s program is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.
Writing by Parisa Hafezi, Editing by Ralph Boulton