“Iran’s potential about-face on LEU export deal greeted with skepticism”

“Iran’s potential about-face on LEU export deal greeted with skepticism”
February 3, 2010
     With President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicating Iran’s willingness to export part of its LEU stockpile after months of deadlock over the uranium export deal, the US responded cautiously by urging Iran to work through the IAEA. However, Ahmadinejad did not specify whether the LEU could be exported in a single batch as per Western demands, though Al Jazeera writes that opposition to the deal within the Iranian regime has eased. Ahmadinejad’s suggested timeframe of 4 or 5 months for enrichment differs from the Western timeframe of 1 year, which could allow Tehran to accuse the West of foot-dragging if the deal goes through (Al Jazeera).
     Julian Borger suggests that Ahmadinejad’s comments may have been part of an “internal debate being aired in public” or a more deliberate strategy to cause confusion and prevent international sanctions. Borger adds that with Iran having increased its LEU stockpile in the 4 months since the deal was first agreed to in October, the deal may no longer be as attractive to the West (Guardian).
Al Jazeera | Guardian

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