Iran MPs deny uranium surplus statements
Iran's parliament announced Thursday that reports indicating that the country has a surplus of uranium that it plans to use as a "bargaining tool at nuclear talks" are false, according to a BBC and Associated Press report.
The uranium comment was attributed to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, but MPs have said the speaker's comment was "false and fundamentally inaccurate," according to their statement published in Iran's news agency ICANA.
Mr. Larijani's claim was shared with several Western news agencies ahead of Iran's participation in the the Geneva-based nuclear negotiations meeting. The speaker said that Iran had a surplus of uranium that "we don't need...but over that we can have some discussions," according to the report.
Iran has been negotiating with the West, mainly the members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, over nuclear development since 2006. The West has called for Iran to stop uranium production, limit stockpiling to twenty percent, and shutdown the underground Fordo enrichment facility. In return, the West says that it will lift sanctions on Iran's battered economy, but such sanction commitments have fluctuated over the past weeks.