April 9, 2012
Iran’s nuclear chief has hinted at a compromise offer from Tehran ahead of negotiations with world powers this week over the country’s controversial atomic programme.
At the core of the dispute is the issue of uranium enrichment. The West fears Tehran is seeking an atomic weapon, which the country denies. Uranium has to be enriched to more than 90% to be used for a nuclear weapon.
Iran’s nuclear chief Fereidoun Abbasi said Tehran could stop its production of 20% enriched uranium needed for a research reactor, and continue enriching uranium to lower levels for power generation.
He told state TV that this could take place once Iran has stockpiled enough of the 20% enriched uranium.
The negotiations are to take place in Istanbul on Friday.