Iran to propose new fuel swap deal in Turkey meeting: Report

Iran will propose a new version of a nuclear fuel swap at talks this weekend with world powers, Al Arabiya television reported on Thursday.

Iran to propose new fuel swap deal in Turkey meeting: Report

Iran will propose a new version of a nuclear fuel swap at talks this weekend with world powers, Al Arabiya television reported on Thursday.

The Saudi-owned TV news channel did not identify the "sources familiar with the plan" that appeared to be a revised version of a deal which was agreed in principle at a previous round of talks in 2009 but then fell apart.

Western analysts and diplomats said any such offer was unlikely to be acceptable to the other parties which will meet with Iran in Istanbul on Friday and Saturday.

Al Arabiya said Iran would offer to ship 1,000 kg of its low enriched uranium (LEU) and 40 kg of other uranium, presumably a reference to fuel enriched to 20 percent purity, abroad for further processing. Iranian officials were not immediately available to comment on the report.

"I'm very, very sceptical about it. I don't think the Americans can accept such a proposal," one European diplomat in Vienna, where the U.N. nuclear watchdog is based, told Reuters news agency, about the reported Iranian proposal.

Under the 2009 deal, Iran was to send 1,200 kg of its LEU abroad.

Agencies

Last Mod: 20 Ocak 2011, 13:52
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