Monday, January 28, 2008

Nuclear Issues: Iran wants to supply proposed fuel bank

IRIN reports Iranian presidential advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi said Iran could join a proposed international bank for enriched uranium that would provide countries with safe fuel for nuclear power stations - but only as a supplier.

"Having this nuclear fuel cycle is part of our right, there is no reason -- when we can produce something -- to go get it from other people," he said.

"This doesn't mean we will reject outright proposals from other governments. Iran could supply this fuel bank."
He said that Iran has reached agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve the remaining issues by March.

"We are accustomed to these sanctions," said Samareh Hashemi, adding that he believed that in the wake of the NIE, sanctions would be more damaging to the image of the Security Council than to Iran.