Iran: Cautious moves for compromise on uranium enrichment
U.S., allies may drop demand that Iran completely halt uranium enrichment By Sahar Issa — McClatchy Newspapers, May 23, 2012; The United States and five other major powers exchanged extensive proposals with Iran on Wednesday over that country’s nuclear program amid signs that the U.S. and its negotiating partners were dropping demands that Iran completely halt the enrichment of uranium.
Instead, the six powers formally asked Iran to halt enrichment of
uranium to 20 percent purity, a proposal that would allow it to
continue enriching uranium to the 5 percent level Iran says it needs
for electrical power generation.
…….The proposals also contained incentives for Iran, but it wasn’t
clear whether the six powers had offered to ease far-reaching
sanctions that have sharply hurt Iran’s economy or to suspend a cutoff
of purchases of Iranian oil that’s due to go into effect July 1.
Iran, which says that its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful
purposes, cautiously welcomed the six-power proposal.
“The ideas fielded to us speak of the fact that the other side would
like to make Baghdad a success,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar
Salehi said in Tehran. “We hope that in a day or two we can bring good
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