‘UN-backed deal beneficial to Teheran’

Russia’s ambassador to Iran on Sunday urged Teheran to agree to a UN-backed proposal to ship its uranium abroad for enrichment, saying the deal was “beneficial” to the Islamic republic. “We believe that reaching this agreement and signing the technical contract to produce fuel for the Teheran reactor is beneficial to Iran and will help in resolving the nuclear issue,” Alexander Sadovnikov said in an interview with the official IRNA news agency, according to AFP. “This is not to trick Iran in order to take its low-enriched uranium out of its hands,” Sadovnikov reportedly added. Earlier Sunday, however, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compared the power of Iran’s enemies to a “mosquito,” saying Iran now deals with the West over its nuclear activities from a position of power. The comment from Ahmadinejad came as Iran is negotiating with the West over a UN-brokered proposal to ship the country’s uranium abroad for further enrichment. The UN-backed plan would require Iran to send 1.2 tons (or 1,100 kilograms) of low-enriched uranium – around 70 percent of its stockpile – to Russia in one batch by year’s end, for processing to create more refined fuel for a Teheran research reactor. Iran has indicated that it may agree to send only “part” of its stockpile in several shipments. Should the talks fail to help Iran obtain the fuel from abroad, Iran has threatened to enrich uranium to the higher level needed to power the research reactor itself domestically. After further enrichment in Russia, France would convert the uranium into fuel rods that would be returned to Iran for use in the reactor in Teheran that produces medical isotopes.

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