Europe skeptical about Iran nuke promises

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PARIS – European powers reacted skeptically Wednesday to Iran’s offer to send uranium abroad for enrichment as a way of ending its showdown with the West.

French Foreign Ministry Bernard Kouchner said his personal interpretation of the Iranian offer is that they are “trying to buy time.”

He told reporters in Paris that “I’m perplexed and even a bit pessimistic.”

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that Iran is ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment as requested by the United Nations. A U.N. proposal last year envisaged Iran sending low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for further enrichment and use in a research reactor in Tehran. It was aimed at lowering international tensions between Iran and the countries negotiating over its nuclear program — the U.S., China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany.

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