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Iran wants guarantees for last hurdle in nuclear fuel swap
Sat May 15, 2010 23:31
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Iran wants guarantees for last hurdle in nuclear fuel swap
(source: AFP)
Saturday, May 15, 2010

TEHRAN Iran said on Saturday it was willing to discuss a venue to swap uranium that needs to be enriched for a nuclear research reactor if it obtains "concrete guarantees," Al-Alam television reported.

The Arabic-language channel quoted foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying that Tehran struck a deal on the amount of uranium to be exchanged and the modality of the swap -- simultaneously or in batches.

"There is an agreement on the time and the volume of the fuel to be exchanged," Mehmanparast said according to Al-Alam, without elaborating on the deal or with whom it was reached.

"But there is still the venue (to be decided) and if there are concrete guarantees, Iran is willing to discuss the location," he added.

The remarks came as Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was due to arrive in Tehran for a nuclear summit that major powers have said might prove to be Iran's last chance to avoid tough new UN sanctions.

Lula, who is expected to land at midnight (1930 GMT), told reporters in Moscow on Friday he was "optimistic" and hoped to be able to persuade Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to reach an agreement with the West.

The International Atomic Energy Agency proposed in October a plan whereby Iran would hand over its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia for enrichment to the required level of 20 percent.

The material would then be processed by France into the necessary fuel rods for the Tehran reactor, which makes radioisotopes for medical purposes such as the treatment of cancer.

Citing a "lack of confidence," Tehran rejected the proposal and offered an exchange of fuel simultaneously and in smaller quantities within the borders of country, but the West rejected its counter-offer.

Earlier this month Ahmadinejad was said to have approved a Brazilian plan aimed at breaking the impasse, according to his website www.president.ir, which did not give any details.

In April Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said during a visit to Tehran that his country could "examine" hosting the fuel swap if requested by Iran.

He also said that Brazil -- a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council which has been resisting the US-led efforts for fresh sanctions -- could act as a "political guarantor" for the deal.

Iran's atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying Saturday by local media that Tehran "received many proposals and we are considering them."

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Brazil's Lula arrives in Iran for key nuclear talks
Updated at: 30 PST, Sunday, May 16, 2010
TEHRAN: Brazilian President Lula Inacio de Silva arrived in Tehran on Sunday for a nuclear summit that major powers have said might prove to be Tehran's last chance to avoid tough new UN sanctions.

The Brazilian leader, heading a delegation of 300, was welcomed on the two-day visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, a journalist said.

He is due to meet Sunday morning with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and is also due to meet the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Ahead of his trip, Lula told reporters in Moscow that he was "optimistic" and hoped to be able to persuade Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to reach an agreement with the West.

"I must now use everything I have learned over my long political career to convince my friend Ahmadinejad to come to an agreement with the international community," Lula said.

Just hours before his arrival, Iran said it was willing to discuss a venue to swap uranium that needs to be enriched for a nuclear research reactor if it obtains "concrete guarantees," Al-Alam television reported.

The Arabic-language channel quoted foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying that Tehran struck a deal on the amount of uranium to be exchanged and the modality of the swap -- simultaneously or in batches.

"There is an agreement on the time and the volume of the fuel to be exchanged," Mehmanparast said according to Al-Alam, without elaborating on the deal or with whom it was reached.

"But there is still the venue (to be decided) and if there are concrete guarantees, Iran is willing to discuss the location," he added.

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