Iran Offers US Meeting With Nuke Experts

Ahmadinejad says country wants to buy 'medicinal' uranium
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2009 11:05 AM CDT
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves as he walks to address the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday at U.N. headquarters.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he’d be willing to let Iran’s nuclear scientists meet with experts from the US and other world powers in an effort to alleviate suspicions about the country’s nuclear program. Iran also intends to attempt to buy uranium from the US during international negotiations next week. It would be used "for medicinal purposes," Ahmadinejad says in an interview with the Washington Post.

Iran has a medical nuclear reactor, built by the US during the shah’s reign, which produces radioactive isotopes that help diagnose and treat disease. “It is a humanitarian issue,” Ahmadinejad tells the Post. “I think this is a very solid proposal which gives a good opportunity” to build trust between the countries. Ahmadinejad’s overtures come after Russia said it was open to tougher sanctions if nuclear talks prove unproductive.