US to concede on uranium enrichment for Iran?

Posted on April 28, 2012


American authorities are ready to compromise with Iran on uranium enrichment.

A billet of highly enriched uranium that was r...

Washington could agree to Tehran enriching uranium to five per cent in return for unlimited IAEA inspection of the country’s nuclear facilities.

­The Los Angeles Times says this information was leaked to the paper by a representative of the Obama administration. The outcome of such a compromise is hard to predict, however, as there has reportedly not yet been any reaction from Iran.

The proposal was allegedly voiced when six-party (Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) negotiations on Iran’s headache-causing nuclear program re-started in Istanbul on April 14.

The next stage of the talks will take place in Baghdad on May 23.

Ahead of that gathering, Iran prepares to hold direct negotiations on its nuclear program with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna on May 13-14. The country’s envoy to the IAEA Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh said his country wants to prove the peaceful nature of all its atomic work to the UN watchdog.

The talks are yet to bring visible results, but the very fact that Iran agreed to discuss its nuclear program means a lot to the international community. At a meeting 15 months earlier, Tehran bluntly refused to even debate the subject.

Uranium enriched to five per cent could be used to produce nuclear fuel elements for power stations. Still, this technology is over half a century old. A more advanced fast fission reactor technology uses uranium enriched to 20 per cent. Making a nuclear bomb implies use of uranium enriched to over 90 per cent.


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