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MP warns west over procrastination on fuel supply to Tehran reactor

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 10, IRNA -- An Iranian lawmaker on Sunday warned the western countries over procrastination to supply 20 percent fuel to Tehran reactor and said that otherwise Iran has to launch 20 percent enrichment to keep the medical research reactor working.

“Tehran reactor produces medicine for 800,000 people; the parties engaged in negotiation with Iran to supply 20 percent fuel are advised to stop procrastination. Otherwise, Iran will launch 20 percent enrichment,” head of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, told IRNA.

He made the remarks about allegation raised by western media and officials quoting Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki that Iran is ready to swap uranium in a third country such as Turkey.

He said that Iran’s stance that the fuel swap must take place in Iranian territory is a red line and will not change.

"The west had better find a way out of the current stalemate rather than raising hue and cry in vain."

Iran has demanded the International Atomic Energy Agency supply 20 percent fuel for Tehran reactor which operates since 1960s to produce medical isotopes for cancer treatment.

Suppliers of 20 percent fuel have proposed to swap the fuel with 3.5 percent enriched uranium with Iran.

Iran has accepted to fulfill the swap stage-by-stage and declared that the swap must take place in Iranian territory, because, the western countries possessing nuclear technology have not honored their commitments in the past.

Iran cites French company, Eurodif, which has violated technology cooperation agreement with Iran in 1970s despite 10 percent of Eurodif's shares belong to Iran.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 889150



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