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U.S. offers to help Iran buy medical isotopes: report

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

The United States and other nations are offering to help Iran purchase medical isotopes on the international market, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The offer, officials said, is meant to persuade Iran to halt its push to produce fuel for a medical research reactor, the Washington Post reported.

Iran on Tuesday started work to enrich nuclear fuel to a 20 percent to operate the reactor that produces medical isotopes. Iran needs medical isotopes for an estimated 850,000 patients.

The move came after the International Atomic Energy Agency and the West failed to provide nuclear fuel to Iran's medical reactor.

"Rather than operate a reactor, this would be a more cost-effective and efficient approach," one U.S. official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

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