Iran FM laments negative response by Iran

Published November 15th, 2009 - 08:52 GMT

Iran is set to reject a U.N.-drafted deal with world powers meant to prevent it from producing nuclear weapons-grade uranium, French Foreign Bernard Kouchner said in remarks published on Sunday. Under the proposal, Iran would export about 75 percent of its low-enriched uranium (LEU) abroad to be turned into fuel for a Tehran research reactor.

 

Asked by an Israeli newspaper whether a final Iranian decision was pending, Kouchner said: "You could phrase it that way, but in effect the answer has almost been given already, and it is negative. That's a shame, a shame, a shame."

 

"We demanded to take a large quantity of (LEU) because we do not want them, while we are enriching uranium on their behalf, to continue themselves enriching uranium which could one day be used for military purposes," he told Yedioth Ahronoth daily.

 

According to Kouchner, none of the negotiation conferences between Iran and a group of six world powers had been especially successful. "We are waiting. This is not good, and very dangerous."

 

On the possible Israeli attack on Iran nuclear sites, he said: "I don't want to comment on a possible Israeli attack. I don't want it to happen." And added: "That is a big danger and therefore talks and peacemaking must be embarked on speedily."

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