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News number: 8808161556

16:59 | 2009-11-07

Nuclear

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Senior MP: Iran Not to Exchange Fuel for Tehran N. Reactor

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has rejected a Western proposal offering Tehran to swap its low-enriched for highly enriched nuclear fuel for its Tehran reactor, a prominent legislator said on Saturday.



"Giving the 3.5 percent enriched uranium to receive 20 percent enriched fuel for Tehran's research reactor whether gradually or all at once is called off," Head of Iran's parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told the Iranian students news agency.

"Iran is not to give any of its 1200 kilograms fuel to the other party to receive 20 percent (enriched) fuel and whether gradually or at once, this will not be done and is called off."

He also stated that Iran and fuel supplier countries must find a new way to provide Tehran's reactor fuel.

"Presently, Mr. Soltanieh is in talks to find an approach for the issue."

Also regarding remarks by some western officials that Iran must respond to the IAEA brokered deal regarding purchase of fuel in two days, Boroujerdi said, "The west cannot see a deadline and we are not committed to their remarks."