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JudyInTheHeartland Donating Member (130 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 11:58 PM
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Iran Rejects Deal to Ship Out Uranium, Officials Report
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Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON Iran told the United Nations nuclear watchdog on Thursday that it would not accept a plan its negotiators agreed to last week to send its stockpile of uranium out of the country, according to diplomats in Europe and American officials briefed on Irans response.

The apparent rejection of the deal could unwind President Obamas effort to buy time to resolve the nuclear standoff.

In public, neither the Iranians nor the watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, revealed the details of Irans objections, which came only hours after Irans president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, insisted that we are ready to cooperate with the West.

But the European and American officials said that Iranian officials had refused to go along with the central feature of the draft agreement reached on Oct. 21 in Vienna: a provision that would have required the country to send about three-quarters of its current known stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia to be processed and returned for use in a reactor in Tehran used to make medical isotopes.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/world/middleeast/30nu...
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