Ahmadinejad says he wants uranium enrichment for medical purposes

Posted Sep 24, 2009 by Michael Krebs
Ahmadinejad delivers a punishing speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York and later says he wants enriched uranium for medical purposes. Medvedev indicates he may back stiffer sanctions against Iran.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Photo by Amir Hossein
After a blistering speech at the UN that initiated a walk-out among key delegates, including those from the UK, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Washington Post that his interests in nuclear materials were for medical applications.
Ahmadinejad also offered a meeting between Iranian nuclear scientists and those from the international community.
A meeting between the U.S. and Iran is slated for Oct. 1 to discuss the nuclear question in detail. There has been a significant amount of pressure from U.S. and Western nations to institute stronger sanctions on Iran. There are fears among those nations that Iran intends to build a nuclear bomb.
Iran denies these allegations.
However, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev indicated that Russia may support tougher sanctions should Iran not offer concessions.
"Russia's position is simple: sanctions are seldom productive but they are sometimes inevitable. It is a matter of choice," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.