The head of the U.N. nuclear agency on Monday said talks to persuade Iran to move most of its enriched uranium out of the country are off to a"good start." According to the AP, Mohamed ElBaradei, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency, attended the first day of talks Monday. He spoke of "quite a constructive meeting, adding: "We are off to a good start."
Ahead of the talks, Iran signaled ahead that it will not meet Western demands. Iran's state-run Press TV cited unnamed officials in Tehran as saying the Islamic Republic was looking to hold on to its low-enriched uranium and buying what it needed for the Tehran reactor abroad. One of the sources said Iran was looking to the U.S., Russia or France for such supplies.
Monday's Vienna talks between Tehran and the U.S., Russia and France, focused on a technical issue — whether Iran is ready to farm out some of its uranium enrichment program to a foreign country.