Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Consider Curbing Enrichment

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly said Sunday if Europe provides 20 percent enriched fuel for its nuclear reactors, it will curb its own enrichment program.

Attributing AFP as its source, Lebanon's Naharnet reprinted a text from Ahmadinejad's website posted late Sunday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always said that, if the European countries give Iran 20 percent [enriched uranium] fuel, Iran will not carry out enrichment to that level," he was quoted as saying.

"Even today, if they give us the guarantee that they will supply 20 percent fuel for our reactors, there will be no problem" in stopping enrichment to 20 percent, Ahmadinejad said. according to the report.

The announcement came as the third round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 began Monday in Moscow.

The United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany make up the P5+1 group.

Iran insists its nuclear aspirations are strictly peaceful, but recent findings by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Israeli suspicions that it is pursuing nuclear weapons.

Talks in Istanbul in April and Bagdad in May produced negligible results, with Iran insisting that sanctions be lifted before it will consider curbing its enrichment program and the Western countries saying sanctions will remain until Iran complies.

"If Iran remains unwilling to take the opportunities these talks present, it will face continuing and intensified pressure and isolation," Reuters quoted an anonymous Western official as saying.

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