Now you see it, now you don’t - Iran may reject key part of nuke deal
Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency it would not accept, in its current form, the plan hammered out last week to send Iran’s uranium to Russia for further processing. The Iranians and IAEA would not reveal Iran’s objections, which came just hours after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had said, “we are ready to cooperate” with the West.
But American and European sources said Iran would not accept the provision requiring Iran to give up custody, albeit temporarily, of most of its known stockpile of low-enriched uranium, thereby leaving it with insufficient fissile material to build a bomb. That would have given more time to sort out a wider-reaching agreement to address Iran’s ongoing enrichment of nuclear fuel. As a result, the Iranian answer is “basically a refusal” said a European diplomat. The Iranians wanted to hang on to their uranium until the IAEA could provide fuel assemblies for the reactor in Tehran from foreign uranium. “The key issue is that Iran does not agree to export its lightly enriched uranium,” he said. “That’s not a minor detail. That’s the whole point of the deal.” For more: The New York Times