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Iran 'open' to fuel swap talks - Ahmadinejad

RIA Novosti

21:3104/05/2010 MOSCOW, May 4 (RIA Novosti) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country was ready to play a "constructive and positive" role in breaking the stalemate over the nuclear fuel swap deal, Iran's Press TV reported on Tuesday.

The UN-sponsored deal to supply nuclear fuel for a research reactor in Tehran proposes Iran ship out low-enriched uranium to be processed into higher-grade nuclear fuel and then returned to Iran.

However, the deal stalled over Iran's insistence that it will accept nothing less than a simultaneous exchange inside the Islamic republic, saying it had not received guarantees the fuel would actually be delivered.

Ahmadinejad's offer came in talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Monday on the sidelines of the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Concerning Iran's cooperation with Europe, Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready to cooperate with the European Union on a wide range of issues.

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