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|Iran pushes France nuclear deal
||Iran pushes France nuclear deal
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An Iranian official has suggested that France creates a consortium to produce nuclear fuel inside Iran as a solution to the current nuclear crisis.
The proposal comes against a backdrop of month-long talks with Europe after Iran failed to abide by a UN Security Council deadline to stop nuclear work.
The US says six major powers could meet again this week to discuss whether to take punitive action such as sanctions.
Iran's president has ruled out the suspension of the nuclear programme.
The deputy director of Iran's atomic energy agency, Mohammad Saeedi, told French radio that a solution to the nuclear issue could be a consortium with France to enrich uranium in Iran.
Mr Saeedi presented this as a new idea that would allow France to monitor Iranian nuclear activities.
|Conflicting signals||Conflicting signals|
But more than a year ago Iran's president suggested foreign companies should enter into joint ventures with Iran to develop its nuclear power industry.
This, he said, would ensure transparency.
And there were months of discussions with Russia about jointly producing enriched uranium for power generation in Iran.
Those discussions failed because of the issue of whether enrichment should take place inside or outside Iran.
The current stumbling block to a deal is a demand from the six major world powers that Iran suspend its nuclear work before or during negotiations.
Iran has given out confusing and conflicting signals about how far it is willing to go in what many suspect may be a deliberate attempt to delay.
Earlier there were hints that Iran might be ready to suspend its nuclear programme, but in recent days the president has again said this is out of the question, indicating a compromise is distant.