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02/22/09

Schroeder in Iran backs nuclear consortium

Source: Press TV

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has welcomed the prospects of an internationally-run nuclear enrichment plant in Iran.


Gerhard Schroeder (L) meets Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Saturday. The former German chancellor backed the idea of an internationally-run enrichment facility in Iran.


Iran's offer to form a nuclear consortium is acceptable and should be followed up, Schroeder said in a Saturday meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran.

Tehran had previously made an offer to the United Nations to build an international enrichment facility inside Iran in a bid to resolve the controversy surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.

Tehran says the only aim of its nuclear program is the civilian applications of the technology. The US, Israel and their European allies -- Britain, France and Germany -- accuse the country of pursuing military purposes.

Iran's proposal followed a plan suggesting that the White House should help build an internationally-run enrichment facility inside Iran to replace the country's current facilities.

Larijani said Iran -- a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty -- is entitled to enrich uranium inside the country.

"The Islamic Republic has observed international regulations and depriving Iran of nuclear technology and energy for peaceful purposes is impossible," he said.

Former German chancellor Schroeder is in Tehran on a four-day unofficial visit.

Iran stands by nuclear consortium offer

A member of Iran's parliament has supported the idea of building an internationally-run nuclear enrichment plant inside the country.

"An internationally-run nuclear consortium will be effective in resolving Iran's nuclear challenge with the West," a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Sobhani-Nia told IRNA news agency on Sunday.

Tehran had previously made an offer to the United Nations to build an international enrichment facility inside Iran in a bid to resolve the controversy surrounding the Iranian nuclear program.

Tehran says the only aim of its nuclear program is the civilian applications of the technology. The US, Israel and their European allies -- Britain, France and Germany -- accuse the country of pursuing military purposes.

Iran's proposal followed a plan suggesting that the White House should help build an internationally-run enrichment facility inside Iran to replace the country's current facilities.

On Saturday, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder welcomed the prospects of Iran's offer as "acceptable".

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