Iran’s representative to IAEA: Negotiations on nuclear fuel exchange with Iran may be suspended (UPDATE)
Background added after the first paragraph (the first version was posted at 11:37)
Negotiations on the exchange of nuclear fuel will be completed if uranium rods that are manufactured in Iran, will be installed in the Tehran reactor, IRNA news agency quoted Iran's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asghar Soltaniyyeh, as saying.
At the end of last week, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi stated that the enterprise in Isfahan can produce nuclear fuel rods, which are used as fuel in nuclear reactors.
In October last year, a plan was proposed under which Iranian uranium, with enrichment as low as 3.5 percent, had to be exported to Russia through the IAEA for enrichment to nearly 20 percent, and onward to France for reprocessing into fuel for the Tehran medical reactor. However, Tehran said it was ready to buy more highly enriched uranium or exchange its reserves, provided that the exchange will take place simultaneously on the Iranian territory.
A trilateral agreement on the exchange of uranium was reached on May 17 between Iran, Turkey and Brazil. The foreign ministers of the countries signed a draft agreement for the exchange of Tehran's low-enriched uranium to highly enriched fuel for the Tehran research reactor. The exchange, according to the document, was supposed to be carried out on the Turkish territory.