Brazil possible site for UN-Iran swap of enriched uranium.
President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Brazil said it may offer its territory as the site for an exchange of uranium that would provide reactor fuel for Iran, provided the country increases its cooperation with United Nations nuclear inspectors.
“We can consider hosting the swap deal if we are asked,” Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorin told Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency during a visit to Tehran. “Iran may need to act more flexibly, even more than what the International Atomic Energy Agency requires, to gain the trust of the other sides that its nuclear program is peaceful.”
The UN’s IAEA has said it can’t confirm that Iran’s atomic intentions are peaceful because the government isn’t cooperating with the agency. The U.S. is pushing for further UN sanctions to stop what it says are Iran’s attempts to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran should “do more to prove its nuclear activities are peaceful,” Amorim said, “so that nobody will have doubts” about the aims of the Iranian program.
Under a deal proposed in October, European nations would take low-enriched uranium from Iran and provide the country with more highly enriched uranium in a form that can only be used in a medical reactor in Tehran that is running out of fuel. Negotiations stalled after both sides disagreed about where the swap should take place, and under what conditions.
The talks with Brazil’s minister were the latest effort by Iran to… READ MORE HERE