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Russia wants Iran to reply on its proposal of uranium enrichment

Written by: Staff

Moscow, Mar 28 (UNI) Russia today called on Iran to give a clear reply to its proposal to set up a joint venture in Russia to enrich uranium for Iranian nuclear power plants.

''Iran should state unambiguously whether it is planning to accept or reject the Russian offer in order to allay the international community's concerns, over the Iranian nuclear programme'' Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said at a press conference.

''Tensions are running high over Iran. Our offer of uranium enrichment on Russian territory remains on the table. But it is a complex proposal that should be handled within the framework of the IAEA,'' Mr Ivanov noted.

Meanwhile, an official statement circulated by the Iranian embassy here said Tehran resented the UN Security Council's interference in its nuclear programme and was proposing that an international nuclear fuel centre be set up in Iran.

''Our mistrust of the countries has real historical roots.

In matters of satisfying its needs, Tehran cannot remain dependent on international suppliers,'' the statement said.

''Iran would welcome the creation of an international nuclear fuel centre on its territory with the participation of other countries and in the framework of an international consortium,'' Interfax news agency reported quoting the statement.


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