Iranian parliament agrees to exchange nuclear fuel in Turkey: official
If Iran is guaranteed 20-percent enriched nuclear fuel in exchange for 400-kilogram low enriched uranium, parliament will agree to exchange the fuel in Turkey, Iranian Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Commission member Hussein Ibrahimi was quoted as saying by the Ilna news agency.
Iran is ready to exchange its low enriched uranium for 20-percent enriched nuclear fuel in Turkey, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying by the CNN Turkey television channel earlier.
According to Ibrahimi, the commission has not yet reviewed nuclear fuel exchange with Turkey.
"Parliament agreed in principle to the nuclear fuel exchange with Turkey," he said. "The committee did not have any problems related to this issue. But Iran must have a guarantee that we will receive 3.5-percentage uranium for 20-percent nuclear fuel."
Ibrahimi added that Turkey-Iran relations are developing.
"We believe in Turkey and this is our principled position," he added.
The West has asked Iran to transfer 1,200 kilograms of 3.5-percent enriched uranium to Russia in exchange for 20-percent enriched uranium to provide fuel for the reactor's laboratory.
The Tehran laboratory reactor was built 40 years ago by the U.S. Its main function is to produce medicine.