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NATANZ, IRAN - APRIL 9:  Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, on April 9, 2007, 180 miles south of Tehran, Iran. Ahmadinejad announced yesterday, April 9, that Iran has stepped up their Uranium enrichment programme, with up to 3,000 isotope separating centrifuges now in operation. The news has brought condemnation from the International Community and the UN. Iran?s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani confirmed the scaling-up of activity but declined to elaborate on the subject. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images) NATANZ, IRAN - APRIL 9: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, on April 9, 2007, 180 miles south of Tehran, Iran. Ahmadinejad announced yesterday, April 9, that Iran has stepped up their Uranium enrichment programme, with up to 3,000 isotope separating centrifuges now in operation. The news has brought condemnation from the International Community and the UN. Iran?s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani confirmed the scaling-up of activity but declined to elaborate on the subject. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)  

Claim: Iran suspends uranium enrichment in time for US election

Iran has suspended the enrichment of uranium stockpiles to the 20% purity needed to bring it a short step from building a nuclear device, news services in the region have reported.

Mohammad Hossein Asfari, a member of parliament responsible for foreign policy and national security, was quoted as saying that the move was a “goodwill” gesture, aimed at softening Iran’s position before a new round of scheduled talks with the United States after this week’s presidential elections.

Asfari said he hoped sanctions would be lifted in return for Iran’s actions, otherwise it would resume the programme, according to a website belonging to the Al Arabiya news channel. Talks aimed at halting Iran’s enrichment programme have made little progress, leading to the west tightening sanctions and increasing the prospect of military action by Israel.

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