Monday, October 14, 2013

Iran rejects demand to ship out uranium stockpiles

Reuters
October 13, 2013

Iran will not ship enriched uranium stockpiles out of the country, the deputy foreign minister said on Sunday, rejecting one key demand of world powers due to resume nuclear negotiations with Tehran this week.

But the official, Abbas Araqchi, signaled flexibility on other aspects of Iran’s uranium enrichment.

“Of course we will negotiate regarding the form, amount, and various levels of (uranium) enrichment, but the shipping of materials out of the country is our red line,” Araqchi was quoted as saying on Sunday by Iranian state television’s website.

Last week it was reported that Iran is preparing a package which could revitalize long-stalled negotiations over its nuclear program, but which falls short of a complete shutdown of uranium enrichment.

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