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President Hints at Halt to Uranium Enrichment

From Times Wire Reports

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami indicated that Tehran might halt uranium enrichment -- a process that can be used to make atomic bombs -- if it were allowed to keep its civilian atomic energy program.

Asked by reporters if Iran was prepared to stop enriching uranium, as the U.S. and several European countries have demanded, Khatami said: “We will do whatever is necessary to solve the problems and in return we’re expecting our rights to be preserved, which is [the right] to have nuclear technology.”

It was the first indication from a top Iranian official that Iran could mothball uranium enrichment facilities, which it began building in 1985.


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