Sunday, April 29, 2012

US Compromise Proposal Positive – Iran Official

The Los Angeles Times quoting an unnamed official at Iran’s foreign ministry reported today that Iranian officials consider the new U.S. position of allowing the country to continue enriching uranium at low-level purity as positive, but remain skeptical that such a deal will actually be presented in Baghdad on 23 May. US will apparently propose the compromise deal at the upcoming Baghdad nuclear conference allowing Iran to enrich uranium up to 5 percent purity in return for Iran’s agreement to forego any work on nuclear weapons and sign the additional protocol with the IAEA, allowing its inspectors to conduct unannounced inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities. 

The foreign ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity told the LA Times that if the deal were offered "it would be a good start."

"One thing I can tell you for sure is that Iran will never, ever close down the Fordo nuclear site," the official said, referring to the enrichment plant near the city of Qom. "But other issues such as 20% enrichment is open to negotiation. I can say Obama's proposal is good provided it is unanimously echoed (by P5+1)."

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