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Russia's proposal to set up a joint uranium enrichment venture with Iran still stands
Russia's proposal to set up a joint uranium enrichment venture with Iran still stands, the country's foreign minister said Monday. Sergei Lavrov said the implementation of this proposal required other measures, including Iran's resumption of a uranium enrichment moratorium. "A whole set of measures is needed, including Iran's resumption of the moratorium and return to the observation of the additional protocol [to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and its ratification," Lavrov said. "It [the Russian uranium enrichment proposal] may guarantee all the Iranian possible demands of nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes," he added. The mooted deal with Russia on uranium enrichment, which could also involve China, is seen as a potential compromise in the crisis around the nuclear programs of the Islamic Republic, which some countries suspect of pursuing a covert weapons program. Although Tehran has consistently said it only wants nuclear power for peaceful purposes, the United States and other nations have concerns, as enriched uranium is a vital component for an atomic bomb.
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