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Russia: Iran Ready to Discuss Nuclear Issue


A top Russian energy official says Iran is ready for detailed discussions on Moscow's proposal to conduct Tehran's uranium enrichment in Russia.

Sergei Kiryenko, the head of Russia's atomic energy agency, made the announcement Friday, during a televised meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Kiryenko says Iranian officials were due to visit Moscow in the coming days to discuss the plan.

The proposal for uranium to be enriched in Russia for use in Iranian reactors is aimed at eliminating concerns that Tehran could enrich its own uranium for use in nuclear weapons.

The United States and European Union have backed the Russian proposal as a way to break the deadlock over Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. accuses Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its nuclear intentions are peaceful.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP .
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