Iran says it is ready to exchange some of its enriched uranium stockpile for nuclear fuel rods, a key demand of a United Nations-backed proposal aimed at easing global fears over Iran’s nuclear program.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Saturday Iran will exchange 400 kilograms of low-grade uranium for nuclear fuel enriched to 20 percent of capacity in phases. He told a regional security conference in Bahrain that the exchange should take place on Iran’s Kish island in the Persian Gulf.
The United States dismissed Mottaki’s offer.
An unidentified senior U.S. official said Iran’s proposal on Satruday was inconsistent with the “fair and balanced” draft agreement proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency in consultation with the U.S., Russia, and France.
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