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Iran not opposed to nuclear fuel swap in a third country

TEHRAN, Dec. 25 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran's top diplomat announced late Thursday that Tehran is not against a simultaneous exchange of its low-enriched uranium for a higher enriched fuel in another country.

However, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the West must first prove its sincerity that it will not backtrack an exchange deal.

"We have no problem for exchange of uranium on the soil of another country but they must first build confidence and prove their goodwill," Mottaki told a "special program" on Iran's TV on Thursday night.

"The ball in their own court, they should answer us," Mottaki said in an address to the 5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).

Iran has already demanded a 100 percent guarantee that it will receive the 20 percent enriched uranium if it agrees to a trade for its low-enriched uranium.

Mottaki has already disputed the Western claims that Iran has rejected the proposal to exchange its low-enriched uranium for 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor.

Iran is ready to exchange 400 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, Mottaki told reporters on the sidelines of The Manama Dialogue on Dec. 12.

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