Ahmadinejad: We May Stop High-Grade Enrichment If...
...we get 20% enriched fuel from other countries
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2012 9:31 AM CDT
A girl holds a sign during a march against the upcoming visit of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend the Rio 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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(Newser) – The latest in Iran's see-sawing over uranium enrichment: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implied the country would halt its high-grade enrichment, as demanded by the US, as long as it was still provided with the fuel it needs. "From the beginning the Islamic Republic has stated that if European countries provided 20% enriched fuel for Iran, it would not enrich to this level," Ahmadinejad said on his website, according to Reuters. But as world powers kick off a two-day meeting with Iran in Moscow, Reuters reports that experts aren't expecting a breakthrough, and notes that Ahmadinejad's comment may not reflect Iran's stance.

Meanwhile, in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, hundreds marched to protest Ahmadinejad's attendance at this week's UN Rio+20 summit on sustainable development there. "We want the world to know that religious hatred harms the environment and Ahmadinejad represents hatred. Sustainable development encompasses human rights," an organizer tells the AFP, which notes that Jews, gays, and rights activists joined the march.