Russia deal ‘off Iran’s agenda’

If, as Iran claims, it’s nuclear energy is to be used only for peaceful means, then why must they insists that nuclear fuel research happen on its own soil, rejecting Russia’s invitation to host the research on Russian soil?

As the article points out, “Last month, Iran agreed in principle on a joint venture with Russia to enrich uranium.”

Iran is no more interested in peace that it is interested in officially recognizing Israel’s statehood and Israel’s right to exist.

Iran says Moscow’s compromise proposal on its nuclear programme is “off the agenda”, after the Islamic Republic was reported to the UN Security Council.

Russia has sought to persuade Iran to move its enrichment programme to Russian territory, which would allow closer international monitoring…”The Russian proposal is not on our agenda any more,” foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters…Mr Asefi said his country was still open to negotiations with Russia, as long as Iran’s right to conduct nuclear fuel research on its own soil was recognised…Last chance?…The Russian proposal had been seen by many as a last chance for Iran to compromise with the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Last month, Iran agreed in principle on a joint venture with Russia to enrich uranium, but said further talks were needed.The IAEA report said the Iranians had begun feeding uranium gas into centrifuges, a first step in a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or bomb material..IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei said in the report that he was unable to confirm that Iran was not seeking nuclear weapons. Story from BBC NEWS

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Posted on March 25, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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