Iran claims it may ship a part of its stockpile of low enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment as part of a UN drafted proposal.
The West sees the plan as a way of calming fears about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. However, there are growing frustrations that Iran is failing to meet the timetable agreed with the international community. EU foreign police chief Javier Solana said: “We have deadlines that have to be met. If they are not met, well the situation will, as far as our relationship is concerned, worsen.” Meanwhile, a team of nuclear inspectors is in the country to examine a recently unveiled uranium enrichment site close to the holy city of Qom. The new centre, known as “Fordo,” has spread fresh fears among world powers that Tehran was looking to produce a nuclear weapon. Iran rejects the allegation, saying its programme is peaceful and meant for research and electricity generation. The country says it will respond to the UN scheme in the coming days.