posted on May, 17 2010 @ 03:43 AM
The broadcaster said the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Vienna-based United Nations nuclear watchdog, would officially receive a letter
concerning the agreement “within a week.” There was no immediate response from the United States or other nations in the international group
dealing with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Press TV quoted one of its correspondents as saying the exchange would take place a month after a deal was agreed by Iran, France, Russia, the United
States and the I.A.E.A.
The agreement could revive an earlier proposal, supported by the United Nations, for Iran to exchange fuel outside its borders. That suggestion ran
into many obstacles, including its timing, with Iran insisting on a simultaneous swap while outside powers wanted a delay in the exchange while
Iran’s 3.5 percent pure uranium was enriched to a higher level.
Since then, Tehran has said it has begun its own program to enrich uranium to the level of 20 percent purity, far less than is used in the manufacture
of nuclear weapons, while the United States has increased pressure for additional sanctions.
Iran says it wants the enriched fuel for civilian purposes but the United States and its western allies suspect that Tehran is pursuing a weapons