Saturday, September 25, 2010

(NEWS) Ahmadinejad May Consider Ending Uranium Enrichment

"If world powers send nuclear fuel which can be used to produce medical isotopes, Teheran will consider halting enrichment says Iranian president.

Iran would consider ending uranium enrichment, the most crucial part of its controversial nuclear activities, if world powers send Teheran nuclear fuel for a medical research reactor, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters Friday.

Addressing a packed press conference in a New York hotel, Ahmadinejad said Iran had no interest in enriching uranium from around 3.5 percent to 20 percent purity but was forced to do so after the world powers refused to provide nuclear fuel that is needed for a Teheran reactor that produces medical isotopes for patients. That level is far below the more than 90 percent purity needed to build a nuclear weapon, but US officials have expressed concern Iran may be moving closer to an ability to reach weapons-grade level."

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