Monday, October 19, 2009

Nuclear Talks Off to a “Good Start” – ElBaradei

IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters in Vienna this afternoon that Iran nuclear talks that started in the city today are off to a “good start.”

"Quite a constructive meeting,” ElBaradei described the talks. “We are off to a good start.” [Reuters, 19 October].

Representative of Iran, Russia, France and the US have begun three-day talks on a proposal for Iran to transfer most of its enriched uranium to Russia and France for further enrichment for use in a research reactor in Tehran.

Ahead of the talks, Iran had signaled that it would not meet Western demands to transfer its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France. Iran's state-run Press TV said the Islamic Republic was looking to hold on to its [low-enriched] uranium and buying what it needed for the Tehran reactor abroad.

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