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Iran open to meeting of nuclear experts: Ahmadinejad

world Updated: Sep 24, 2009 16:57 IST

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Iran is open to a meeting of its nuclear experts with counterparts from the United States and other countries to dispel unease about Tehran's nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told US media.

At talks with world powers next week about its nuclear drive, Iran will also offer to purchase enriched uranium from the United States for medical purposes, the firebrand Iranian leader told The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine.

"Why not just let them sit and talk and see what kind of capacity they can build? I think it is good thing to happen," Ahmadinejad said of Iran's readiness to allow its nuclear experts to meet with international scientists about the program that has raised the hackles of the West and Israel.

Iran has not previously allowed such a meeting and it would mark a historic first.

About 20 medical products are currently being created at a nuclear research reactor which serves to produce radioactive isotopes to diagnose and treat diseases located in Tehran but more fuel is needed, according to Ahmadinejad.

The medical reactor was supplied by the United States during the rule of the US-backed shah, who was toppled in the 1979 Islamic Revolution that sparked a now three-decade long freeze of ties between the two countries.