Is this the hope or the change?
Iran is offering nuclear technology to friendly African regimes.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya, who says he is Barack Obama’s cousin, held meetings with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.
Iran’s nuclear chief says his country is willing to help what he called “friendly” African nations that have uranium reserves to set up facilities to process the ore into nuclear material.
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Fereidoun Abbasi says Iran has mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle from extracting uranium ore to producing fuel for reactors and is ready to share the technology. Abbasi’s comment was reported by the semi-official Mehr news agency Saturday.
The offer appears aimed at touting Iran as a nuclear power that has mastered the technology and is willing to help others create peaceful nuclear programs. Iran says its program is solely aimed at generating electricity and denies Western accusations that it seeks to build a bomb.
Earlier on Saturday, Abbasi said the new Fordo uranium enrichment facility would soon become operational.
“The Fordo site near Qom (south of the capital Tehran) would soon be opened and become operational,” Mehr news agency quoted Abbasi as saying.