In comments today during a live interview on Iranian state TV, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated that the Iranian government is willing to “immediately’ stop all production of 20 percent enriched uranium.
Ahmadinejad’s comments were a rehash of an offer made last week during his visit to the UN General Assembly, and he said that if the Iranian government was given a source of fuel rods for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) they would immediately halt all production of the more highly enriched uranium.
The vast majority of Iran’s enrichment program is set to 3.6%, the level of enrichment needed for their electricity generation plant at Bushehr. Since early 2010 they have also been producing some 20% enrichment uranium in an effort to power the TRR themselves. The TRR is a US-built research reactor used to create medical isotopes.
A deal to swap 3.6 percent enriched uranium and a halt to 20% enrichment for the TRR fuel rods has been on the table since 2009. At the time it was endorsed by the US and the P5+1, but when President Ahmadinejad finally convinced the rest of the Iranian government to accept the deal in 2010, the US angrily condemned the offer, saying it was “too late.”
It must be noted that in either case the uranium is only for civilian use, far short of the level, upwards of 95%, needed for a nuclear weapon. Israeli officials today confirmed that even they believe Iran is far from the capability of making a nuclear weapon.
6 thoughts on “Ahmadinejad Offers Immediate Halt to 20 Percent Enrichment”
The problems between the USI and Iran have nothing whatsoever to do with making a bomb, which is why the USI played "Indian giver" in taking back its offer to supply Iran with fuel rods if they would end production. It is all about punishment and control.
It is Meir Dagan,the former chief of Mossad who ended his job only some months before who declared that Iran is far away to reach a nuclear bomb.What Dagan knows knows,for sure,every politician but nevertheless Iran is already in a 5 rounds of sanctions and no one opposed to these sanctions.Also Ahmadinejad is giving so many chances for an end of the tension with "the free world"he is called a demented person,a danger even by honest journalist like Robert Fisk.I can't understand why he is not getting the respect which he deserves.
It's Pakistan's turn to be nemesis right now.
You'll just have to sit quietly and wait your turn.
*grumble* … Buncha primadonnas…
Those damned ex-Mossad Chiefs…not on the same page as Bibi and his Likudnik wackos. How can they con the US into attacking Iran if ex-players are constantly stepping up and blowing the lid off the ruse?
it doesn't matter. PNAC states Iran must be bombed.
They control their oil, they don't have a Rothschild banking system. They could someday challenge Nazisrael for 'regional hegemony'
Proud and independent, the ancient Persian peoples will bow before no one
Respect to Iran.
Its all; about Israel all experts say they are now were near a nucular weapon.An attack on Iran will be the end of Israel and the start of WW3.The real criminals are the ones attacking sovern countrys in illegal wars based on lies.Wake up.
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