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U.S. can sell nuclear fuel to Tehran: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Oct. 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on Wednesday that the United States can sell nuclear fuel to Iran for the Tehran nuclear reactor and expressed a "positive view" of the Geneva talks, saying Tehran "welcomes" the negotiations.

"We have no problem in buying fuel from the United States. And the Americans can also be a seller of this fuel to Tehran," Ahmadinejad told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

The Tehran nuclear reactor, which produces medical isotopes, requires 20 percent enriched uranium.

The president said Iran is ready to "enter dialogue" with the countries that have announced their readiness to sell nuclear fuel to Iran.

Experts from Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency are to meet in Vienna on October 18 to study Iran's request for 20 percent enriched uranium for the Tehran nuclear reactor.

"This proposal by Iran was welcomed by many countries... some countries collectively and some others individually announced their readiness" to sell fuel to Iran, and "I ordered expert dialogue to begin."

"For us, it does not matter which country provides this fuel to us," he explained. "Except for the Zionist regime, we are ready for interaction and dialogue with all countries."

He also said he has been told that France has announced it is prepared to sell fuel to Iran.

Positive view toward talks

Negotiators from Iran and the 5+1 group (France, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, and Germany) gathered in Geneva to discuss Iran's updated package of proposals on October 1. The two sides seemed upbeat over the results of the talks.

Ahmadinejad said Iran has a "positive view" of the Geneva talks.

If there is a will for "collective cooperation to face global issues, the only way is negotiation," the president noted.

He said the Geneva talks showed that the two sides have "good potential" for settling the disputes.

The president expressed hope that the talks between Iran and the six major powers would "move forward with such a (positive) view," adding that "constructive and collective cooperation" is essential for "resolving the world's problems."

If the negotiations proceed in such a manner, "one can hope that changes will happen" in the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West, he stated.

"The Geneva meeting was a calm meeting and took place based on a will for positive and constructive interaction, which we welcome."

"The Geneva meeting was based on respect and justice... and can generally be assessed as positive."

"After the Geneva meeting, the behavior of certain countries changed... and they (now) talk based on logic, justice, and respect," and this change is worth thinking about.

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