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Iran has given an assurance that it would stop enriching uranium to 20 percent purity if world powers agreed to a proposed nuclear fuel swap, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul.
The offer, conveyed to Davutoglu on Sunday, could bode well for an expected resumption of talks in September between Iran and major powers on the Islamic Republic's atomic program, which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes and not for bombs.
Asked about Davutoglu's comments, the U.S. State Department said Iran had often sent mixed signals but that the United States was "fully
A U.S. official said Iran may be trying to "have their cake and eat it too," by swapping some low enriched uranium for nuclear fuel while continuing to enrich at some level.
"A lot depends on the details," of what Iran is willing to do, he added, saying the West had responded coolly to Iranian initiatives earlier this year because they seemed designed to stymie U.N. Security Council sanctions that passed in June.
"Now that that process is completed, if Iran wants to engage on these subjects we are more than happy to have that conversation," the official said.