Turkey's energy minister says if asked the country would not say no to temporarily storing Iran's enriched uranium to help defuse a standoff over Western suspicions that Tehran is trying to build an atomic bomb.

Taner Yildiz said Friday there has been no such request yet but the issue is still being discussed. He says if asked "we would not say no." He says there is no problem in storing low-level enriched uranium here.

The idea that Turkey could play a role in the crisis was raised in an American television interview by the head of the U.N. nuclear agency, who noted that Turkey, a Muslim country and a NATO member, has good relations with both neighboring Iran and the U.S.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the issue in Turkey on Monday.