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Thursday, 25th February 2010
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Japan makes uranium offer to Iran

Japan has made an offer to Iran which could see it help the country enrich uranium, it has been reported.

According to local news source the Nikkei Business Daily, Tokyo offered Iran help with enriching uranium back in December last year, when Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was visiting the nation.

The report said that the uranium could be used to make medical isotopes at a facility in Tehran.

However, in a speech earlier this week, Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama urged Iran to cooperate with UN Security Council resolutions and measures put in place by the Atomic Energy Agency in order to reassure the world over its intentions.

Nations including the US and the UK have previously expressed fears that Iran may be seeking to build highly destructive atomic weapons, which could be used against the west.

Iran has in the past refused offers from other countries to help it enrich uranium, preferring to stick with its own measures.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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