Following weeks of intense debate in Iran’s government, Foreign Minister Manochehr Mottaki says that the nation will not be accepting the draft third party enrichment deal as presently constituted.
“We will definitely not send our 3.5-percent enriched uranium out of the country,” Mottaki insisted, though he said the nation would still consider a simultaneous fuel swap, something Western officials have previously rejected.
The existing deal was hugely controversial inside Iran, some officials were in favor of it, including the Army Chief of Staff, but it seems that skepticism and international pressure to answer quickly finally won out.
Iran has been enriching uranium to 3.5 percent, for use in the Bushehr nuclear power plant, but had sought more highly enriched uranium for use in its Tehran medical reactor. Several officials had expressed concerns, however, that France was involved in the third party enrichment scheme. France had previously reneged on a nuclear deal with Iran and there was concern that Iran could lose 70 percent of its enriched uranium if France decided to just keep it.
7 thoughts on “Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal, Suggests Direct Swap Compromise”
Seems like the most sensible way to do a trade – simultaneously exchange. Just like buying a house, set a date and the lawyers meet to swap money for title.
A successful transaction would help to build trust. The reactor has been running for years and needs new fuel. The French could deliver the highly enriched uranium rods and pickup the enriched fuel for delivery to Russia. Simple, no chance of acrimony over unforeseen delays.
The whole thing is rather pathetic I'd say. If I were Iran I'd say sod off….
There is no logical reason why anyone should be concerned about the Iraninan government stockpiling Uranium enriched to a 3.5 percent level. That is far below the level needed to make a nuclear weapon, and the IAEA has again verified that all of this Uranium is accounted for, and none has been diverted for military purposes. This international concern about the enrichment activities of the Iranian government is a fiction concocted by the war mafia as a pretext for war against the people of Iran.
How come its okay for Israel to have nuclear weapons but not Iran?
HAS IRAN REJECTED THE TRR PROPOSAL? NOT ACCORDING TO ITS FOREIGN MINISTER
Why not buy the stuff from China or USA or Canada or Israel? I'm I missing something ?
Why is France Germany and the USA so concerned? Appears like school bullies–give me your candy first and you you won't get a fist to the head
There is a big dangerous gangsters forming and WWIII is about to happen . Can we stop it–No chance :^/
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