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Ahmadinejad: Iran needs N-fuel to treat 800k patients

Source: Press TV

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the country needs 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel for the activity of a research reactor that produces medicines for patients.

Iranian Congress of Nuclear Medicine
Iranian Congress of Nuclear Medicine

"We need 20 percent enriched fuel for Tehran's Research Reactor [to produce radio-medicines] to treat 800,000 patients," Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with senior editors and managers of US media, IRNA reported on Friday.

"If the International Atomic Energy Agency or potential suppliers guarantee that they will provide the fuel for the reactor, we will cease to enrich uranium to 20 percent," he added.

He said that Iran has spent a huge sum of money on setting up facilities to be able to enrich uranium to 20 percent.

He said Iran set out to enrich uranium to 20 percent after Western potential suppliers failed to abide by their commitment to provide the country with the fuel needed for medical purposes.

Regarding sanctions against Iran, President Ahmadinejad said that Iran has turned sanctions into opportunities to make progress, adding that the recent economic reforms were among the country's biggest breakthroughs.

President Ahmadinejad arrived in New York at the head of a high-ranking delegation on Monday to deliver a speech at the 66th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He delivered his speech about the Islamic Republic's stance on latest international developments at the UN on Thursday.

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