Monday, May 23, 2005

Iran Uranium Gas May Go to Russia

Gareth Smyth, The Financial Times:
Cyrus Nasseri, a senior Iranian negotiator, has given Tehran's first official confirmation it is considering a proposal under which Tehran would ship uranium gas to Russia to be enriched for its nuclear programme.

He said it could only be a "temporary" measure.

The proposal will be discussed on Wednesday at a ministerial meeting in Geneva between Iran and the EU3 - Britain, France and Germany - as a way of rescuing 19-month talks over Iran's atomic programme. ...

The EU is likely at most on Wednesday to offer a commitment to consider the so-called "Russian proposal", while insisting Tehran continue to suspend all enrichment-related activities.