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Iran to Respond to Nuclear Deal Thursday

By VOA News
28 October 2009

Iran says it will present its response to a United Nations-brokered nuclear fuel deal on Thursday.

Iranian state media report that Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh will present a response to the head of the agency Mohamed ElBaradei in Vienna.

The IAEA proposal would have Iran send its uranium abroad for low-level enrichment for use in a research reactor. The plan is aimed at preventing Iran from enriching uranium to the point that it can be used for nuclear weapons.

A report from Iranian state television Tuesday quoted unnamed Iranian officials saying the country will accept the general framework of the deal, but will demand some "important changes."

The agreement has already been approved by the other parties involved in negotiations-- the United States, France and Russia.

Meanwhile, the Interfax news agency says a top foreign policy advisor to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev has said additional United Nations sanctions against Iran in the near future are unlikely.

The news agency says Sergei Prikhodko made the comment Wednesday in response to questions from journalists.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its enrichment activities.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.



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