Iran ready to discuss 'limits' to uranium enrichment
TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran is willing to discuss limits in the level to which it enriches uranium but will never suspend the process altogether, the deputy foreign minister said in comments reported on Sunday.
"Over the past 10 years, we have insisted that a total suspension of uranium enrichment is out of the question," said Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who plays a key role in nuclear talks with the West.
"But during the negotiations we could discuss the framework, level, method and site (of enrichment) on condition that this does not undermine enrichment and Iran's right," the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.
His comments come after Iran held talks with foreign ministers of the major powers on Thursday on the framework for negotiations on its nuclear programme which are due to be held in Geneva on October 15 and 16.