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Ahmadinejad: "Iran will halt 20 percent enrichment if West sells fuel to Tehran"

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran had no alternative other than enriching uranium to a purity level of 20 percent after the West refused to sell the needed nuclear fuel to Iran to operate its research nuclear reactors which produce radioisotopes for medical patients.

Source: Iran Daily

"They refused Iran's request. We insisted and again they did not," Ahmadinejad told a press conference in Tehran.

"We were even ready to give 3.5 percent (enriched) fuel to the West and take 20 percent fuel but again they were not ready to do it therefore we were forced to start enriching uranium to the degree of 20 percent," Ahmadinejad explained.

He added Iran is still willing to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent if International Atomic Energy Agency members sell the needed fuel to Iran.

"So far nobody has announced readiness to sell 20 percent (enriched) fuel to Iran, but anytime they give us this fuel we will feel no need to produce the costly fuel of 20 percent."

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