Iran prepared for a fuel swap on its own territory; Third generation centrifuges unveiled; Dr. El-Baradei: Western nations seeking harsher sanctions ‘out of frustration’
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  • Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters that Tehran was ready to discuss a solution to its nuclear stand-off with the West but only on the condition that foreign powers agree to a fuel swap on Iranian territory. He insisted that Iran will not go back on securing its nuclear rights despite pressure from the West. The US meanwhile was continuing with its efforts to seek the support of other member of UN Security Council for tougher new sanctions.1

    Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi revealed new ‘third-generation’ centrifuges which can enrich uranium faster than current technology. These are reportedly six times more powerful than first generation centrifuges and could potentially shorten the time it takes to build a nuclear bomb.

    Dr. Mohamed El-Baradei, the former head of the IAEA meanwhile stated that Western nations were seeking harsher sanctions ‘out of frustration.’ He added that he did not think Iran was developing a nuclear weapon and that the world also did not have new information that Iran was currently developing a nuclear weapon.2