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Iran's uranium-enrichment complex in Natanz, central Iran (epa)
6 February 2006 -- A top Russian diplomat said today that it will be possible to create a joint venture to enrich uranium for Iran in Russia only if Tehran resumes its moratorium on enrichment activities.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak also confirmed that talks on the Russian proposal are expected in Moscow on 16 February.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 4 February voted to report Iran to the UN Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions. In response, Iran said it would start uranium enrichment and bar surprise international inspections of its facilities.
But Iran has also said it was willing to discuss Moscow's proposal to shift large-scale uranium enrichment to Russian territory in an effort to allay suspicions it is pursuing a weapons program.
Hans Blix (CTK)
SECURITY GUARANTEES On January 26, RFE/RL Radio Farda correspondent Fatemeh Aman spoke with former UN chief weapons inspector HANS BLIX about the confrontation between Iran and the international community over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Blix urged the United States to participate in direct negotiations with Tehran and to offer Iran security guarantees that are similar to those being discussed with North Korea...(more)
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