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Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (epa)
23 February 2006 -- Iran says it has not ruled out Russia's proposal to enrich uranium for the Islamic republic, but stresses several issues still need to be discussed, including timing and location.
Speaking to reporters during a brief visit to Indonesia today, Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said Iran is "ready to compromise."
Russia's atomic agency chief, Sergei Kiriyenko, is expected to travel to Tehran today for several days of talks on the Russian proposal, which is aimed at easing Western fears Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
On 22 February in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there is still hope that Iran will accept Moscow's offer.
China said Vice Foreign Minister Lu Guozen will fly to Iran on 24 February for three days of talks to "exchange views on the nuclear issue."
READOn 4 February, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency approved in a 27-3 vote a resolution to report the matter of Iran's nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council. The key section of the resolution is Section 1, which states that the Board of Governors:
Underlines that outstanding questions can best be resolved and confidence built in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's program by Iran responding positively to the calls for confidence-building measures which the Board has made on Iran, and in this context deems it necessary for Iran to:
- reestablish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and processing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency;
- reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;
- ratify promptly and implement in full Additional Protocol;
- pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol with Iran signed on 18 December 2003;
- implement the transparency measures, as requested by the Director General, which extend beyond the former requirements of the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, and include such access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military-owned workshops and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations.
COMPLETE TEXT: To read the final resolution, with late-hour changes highlighted, click here.
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