Iran won't ship low-enriched uranium abroad
Iran said Tuesday it was prepared to exchange its low-enriched uranium with a higher enriched material, but only on its own soil. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said his country had sent its response on the proposal to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, saying it wants a simultaneous exchange on Iranian soil.
"Iran's answer is given. I think the other side has received it," said Mehmanparast, according to the AP. "The creation of a 100% guarantee for delivery of the fuel is important for Iran."
Another Iranian official, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's atomic energy agency, confirmed the details, saying that in Iran's view such an exchange was an "objective guarantee."
Salehi and Mehmanparast stressed Tuesday that Iran is capable of doing the medium-level enrichment itself if it chooses. "The ability for the production of 20% enriched uranium is available to our experts. Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, there is no ban on it. We have not begun yet," said Mehmanparast.