A prominent Iranian lawmaker said Tehran doesn't need any more 20 per cent-enriched uranium, a news agency covering the country's parliament reported late Wednesday night, a key point in negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the West, Associated Press reported.
While lawmaker Hossein Naqvi Hosseini isn't a government spokesman nor a member of Iran's nuclear negotiation team, his comments touch on a major concession wanted by Western powers - halting production of enriched uranium that could be used to build nuclear weapons.
Hosseini's brief comments, published online by ICANA, did not say whether Iran will stop enrichment.
"Tehran reactor fuel has been supplied and currently no need is felt for production of 20 per cent-enriched uranium," Hosseini was quoted as saying.
Hosseini, who serves as a spokesman for the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, also said the country is prepared to relieve concerns over its stockpile of enriched uranium.
"Tehran is ready to convert its stockpile of 20 per cent-enriched uranium to fuel rods and remove concerns over its non-peaceful use," he was quoted as saying. He offered no other details about what steps Iran would take.