Iran to stop uranium enrichment if supplied nuclear fuel by West – Ahmadinejad
Iran will stop enriching uranium if the West offers guarantees that it will supply similarly enriched nuclear fuel to Tehran, said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday ahead of the talks on Iran’s nuclear programme between the six international mediators and Iran in Moscow today.
The high-ranking officials of the parties to the talks have met in the Russian capital for two-day consultations.
The West suspects Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of using nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes.
Tehran has emphatically rejected all accusations.
The six international mediators and the IAEA have been pressing for suspending uranium enrichment in Iran.
Jun 18, 2012
Iran, 6 nations, start nuclear talks in Moscow
Iran and 6 leading nations have resumed nuclear talks in the Russian capital, Moscow. It’s the third round of negotiations since April.
Both sides are trying to iron out their differences over Iran’s high-grade uranium enrichment program.
Taking part are negotiators from the “group of six” — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili are also participating in the 2-day discussions.
The 6 countries are demanding that Iran halt its program to enrich uranium to 20-percent, which they say could be used to develop nuclear arms.
Iran insists it has the right to the peaceful use of nuclear power. It is calling for economic sanctions to be relaxed.
An EU spokesperson says the first day of discussions was held in a calm manner. However, an Iranian diplomatic source says the 6 nations did not respond to Iran’s request for consultations prior to Monday’s talks.
The United States and the European Union plan to impose further sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports by the end of June or early July.
Jun. 18, 2012