“Uranium export negotiations in ‘extra innings’ of proposals and counterproposals”

“Uranium export negotiations in ‘extra innings’ of proposals and counterproposals”
November 6-10, 2009
     Despite earlier reports that Iran has rejected US and IAEA proposals to send Iran’s LEU stockpile to Turkey, RIA Novosti reports that Iran and Turkey are discussing the deal as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Istanbul (RIA Novosti). David Sanger earlier wrote that Iran had offered the US and the IAEA an unsuccessful counterproposal to store the stockpile on an island that is part of Iran. According to Sanger, US officials have “all but lost hope” that the uranium export agreement can be implemented, although some see potential in Russia’s efforts to advance the deal (New York Times). Other reports indicate Iran is pursuing a “two-staged, simultaneous exchange” of a total of 800 kg of LEU for around 60 kg of nuclear fuel (PressTV).
     In response to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s renewed indication of potential sanctions, senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi warned Russia to deliver its S-300 missiles [previously covered here] (Associated Press). Meanwhile, US officials have publicly indicated the need to “give some space to Iran” to resolve domestic debate over the agreement [previously covered here] (Reuters). Roger Cohen warns that IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who “has the trust of both [Iran and the US],” will not be around much longer to act as a mediator (New York Times (2)).
RIA Novosti | New York Times | PressTV | Associated Press | Reuters | New York Times (2)

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