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Iran's nuclear offer too little

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By The Staff

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has formally set out its terms for giving up most of its cache of enriched uranium in a confidential document, and the conditions fall short of what has been demanded by the United States and other world powers.

The document — seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday — says Tehran is ready to hand over the bulk of its stockpile, as called for under a deal brokered by the International Atomic Energy Agency and endorsed by the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany.

But Iran adds that it must simultaneously receive fuel rods for its research reactor in return, and that such an exchange must be on Iranian territory.

The letter — which appeared to formalize a position that Iranian officials have expressed to the IAEA and the media — was sure to be rejected by the six powers.

The U.S. and its allies have previously said that there can be no significant deviation from the original draft deal, which would commit Iran to shipping out the material first and then wait up to a year for it to be turned into fuel for the reactor, which makes medical isotopes.


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