President Mahmoud Amadinejad appeared to backtrack somewhat when telling the Iran media his government was prepared to consider sending uranium abroad for further enrichment as demanded by the United Nations. He said Iran will have “no problem” giving the West its low-enriched uranium and taking it back several months later when it is enriched by 20 percent. This is the first time Iran has acknowledged its willingness to ship out uranium for enrichment. Ahmadinejad dismissed complaints by some Iranians the West could not be trusted with such a program which gave them control of Iranian nuclear development. “if we allow them to take it there is no problem,” said Ahmadinejad. “We sign a contract to give 3.5 percent enriched uranium and receive 20 percent enriched one after four or five months.”
Perhaps, it is a small step, but it is one foot forward and it should be acknowledged and afforded cooperation.