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Iran Proposes Nuclear Facility

March 29, 2006|From the Associated Press

MOSCOW — Iran has proposed setting up a nuclear fuel production facility within its borders with international help, the Iranian Embassy said Tuesday.

The proposal is an alternative to Russia's offer to play host to Iran's nuclear fuel production to ease concern that Tehran could develop weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for generating electricity.

"Iran would welcome the creation of an international nuclear fuel center on its territory with the participation of other countries and in the framework of an international consortium," Tehran said in a statement.

It was unclear whether the offer differed from one that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made before the United Nations General Assembly in September.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council said Tuesday that they were nearing a deal on a statement addressing the Iranian nuclear issue. Two of the members, Russia and China, have opposed a proposal that would demand that Iran suspend uranium enrichment.

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