TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran on Sunday rebuffed a proposal by U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry, who has suggested supplying the Islamic state with nuclear fuel for power reactors if Tehran agrees to give up its own fuel-making capability.
Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said it would be “irrational” for Iran to put its nuclear program in jeopardy by relying on supplies from abroad.
“We have the technology (to make nuclear fuel) and there is no need for us to beg from others,” Asefi told a weekly news conference.
Washington says Iran plans to use its nuclear facilities to make atom bombs. Tehran says it merely wants to generate electricity from nuclear power.