Iran Seeks a Body to provide enriched uranium in Middle East

Iran would be ready to join a body that would provide enriched uranium for users in the Middle East, an Iranian official said, after Saudi Arabia proposed it as a way to defuse Tehran’s nuclear row with the West, Reuters repoted.  

 

But the official, who said it was initially Iran’s idea, did not mention the Islamic state’s own uranium enrichment program. Iranian leaders have consistently refused to heed UN demands to halt such work, which the West suspects is aimed at making bombs. 

 

“The issue of a consortium is an issue that the Islamic R 

epublic initially came up with,” senior Foreign Ministry official Mohammad Reza Bagheri was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency. 

 

“If Arab countries are ready to take part in a consortium with Iran we still welcome our previous proposal and we are ready to do it,” he said. 

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