TEHRAN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday Iran would accept a nuclear fuel exchange deal if conditions are built to earn Iran's trust in the Western countries.
"If they (the West) can create conditions that can gain our trust, we will be ready to exchange the fuel," Mehmanparast told reporters in his weekly press conference.
"We never said we will not do this (fuel exchange)," he said, adding that the problem was Iran has no trust in the West because their attitude and behavior in the past.
"They have lost trust and have never kept their promises," he added, "we can not listen to them easily."
Mehmanparast also dismissed the West's threat to raise more sanctions against Iran. "Sanctions are nothing new for Iran," he said.
"Every time they took sanctions against us, we were even closer to self-sufficiency and independence. Therefore, if they want to continue this path, it will have no result except that we become more serious about our plans," he added.
UN nuclear watchdog IAEA has presented a draft agreement which calls for shipping most of Iran's existing low-grade enriched uranium to Russia and France by the end of the year, where it would be processed into fuel rods with a purity of 20 percent.
The higher-level enriched uranium would be transported back to Iran to be used in a research reactor in Tehran for the manufacture of medical radioisotopes.
Iran rejected the deal, demanding a simultaneous exchange between low and higher level enriched uranium inside the country.
TEHRAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran said that it needs 20 uranium enrichment facilities on the scale of its Natanz plant to fulfill its total electricity demand, Iran's satellite channel Press TV reported Saturday.
"We are in need of 20,000 megawatts that means 20 (times the amount the) Natanz (facility can produce)," head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi told Press TV on Friday. Full story
TEHRAN, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi criticized on Wednesday the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board of governors for issuing a resolution against Iran, saying that Tehran may lose confidence in the UN nuclear watchdog.
"Iran's confidence in the Agency has been impaired in the political resolution," Vahidi was quoted by the semi-official Farsnews agency as saying when addressing a military and police commanders' gathering in the central city of Isfahan. Full story
TEHRAN, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday Iran will produce 20 percent enriched uranium itself.
"Iran will produce the 20 percent (enriched uranium) fuel and anything that it needs itself," Ahmadinejad made the remarks in Iran's central city of Isfahan in live broadcast of state IRIB TV. Full story