Ahmadinejad: Iran ready for nuclear cooperation


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is ready to cooperate with the West on its nuclear program.

The West has "moved from confrontation to cooperation," the Iranian president said Thursday in a speech broadcast live on state television, The New York Times reported.

"We welcome fuel exchange, nuclear cooperation, building of power plants and reactors, and we are ready to cooperate," Ahmadinejad reportedly said.

Also Thursday, Iran reportedly delivered to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna its response to a proposal to further process its low-enriched uranium in another country for use in medical research, according to The New York Times.

A pro-government newspaper in Iran, Javan, reported Thursday, according to Reuters, that Iran will request two changes to the draft deal: that it ships its low-enriched nuclear fuel in stages and that there is a simultaneous exchange of its low-enriched uranium for already processed nuclear fuel.

Meanwhile, a team of inspectors who this week visited a recently disclosed nuclear enrichment plant located near the Iranian holy city of Qom returned Thursday to Vienna.

"We had a good trip," said the mission’s head, adding that the IAEA would analyze the data and prepare a full report on the site, which Iran disclosed to the IAEA last month.

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