Iran discusses uranium processing in Turkey - media

Turkish and Iranian officials have discussed the possibility of sending Iranian enriched uranium for further processing to Turkey, Turkish Milliyet reported on Tuesday.

The option was discussed on Monday at en economic summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Istanbul, which was attended by an Iranian delegation led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Under the initiative put forward by Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, last Friday, Iran could send 900 kg of its low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Turkey, the paper said.

According to Milliyet, the scheme could ease Western worries that the Islamic country, possessing an estimated 1,200 kg of LEU, secretly plans to build nuclear weapons. Tehran insists on its right to nuclear technology for electricity generation.

Turkish officials have not so far reported if yesterday's talks had brought any results, the paper said.

Under another scheme discussed by Iran, the UN, the U.S., Russia and France during talks in Vienna in October, Iran's uranium could be enriched in Russia and then sent to France to prepare it for use in an Iranian reactor.

Russia has consistently supported Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy, and has almost completed the country's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr.

However, Alaeddin Borujerdi, head of Iran's parliamentary national security and foreign policy commission, said on Saturday Tehran will not ship out its low-enriched uranium for further processing abroad.


DATE: November 10, 2009

Topics: NFC, Asia, Turkey, Iran

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