Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the way certain Western countries treat Iran in regard to its nuclear program is "insulting". However, the president suggested that "trust" will be created between Iran and the West if Tehran is provided with 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel to power its medical research reactor.
"They must treat the Iranian people in another way. The language that they use is not proper.... the way they deal with Iran is insult to the nation," Ahmadinejad said in an interview with France 24 broadcast on Thursday.
Ahmadinejad made the remark after the France 24 reporter asked doesn't Tehran have an intention to address the West's worries about its 20 percent nuclear enrichment program.
Ahmadinejad said producing uranium to 20 percent is "our legal right" as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and brushed aside rumors that enriching uranium to 20 percent is a step toward producing nuclear weapons.
On May 17, 2010, Turkey and Brazil brokered a deal with Tehran according to which Iran was to ship 1200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey to be exchanged for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel to power the Tehran research reactor that produces radioisotopes for medical patients. However, the United States and its allies rejected the deal and imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran in June 2010.
'What West will give Iran if it forgoes right to 20% enrichment'
Ahmadinejad said according to the International Atomic Energy Agency regulations countries which produce uranium to the purity of 20 percent "were obliged to unconditionally" deliver this fuel to Iran to power its medical research reactor but they refused to do so and set "political conditions" in this regard.
However, the president asked: "If some want us to forgo this right they should first give their reasons (for this) and secondly what they will give the Iranian nation instead."
The president also said Tehran has not yet received any proposal by the West to provide 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel to Iran.
"So far we have not received such a proposal," the president said when asked will Iran stop 20 percent enrichment if the West gives the needed fuel to Iran.
The president said, "The presentation of such a proposal will be of great help and shows that there is trust."
He added even at the beginning "we did not insist on 20 percent enrichment" and Iran started enriching uranium to this level after the West refused the deal which was brokered by Turkey and Brazil.
"Why the Westerners do not trust 20 percent enrichment by us but we should trust their atomic bomb."
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