'Senior Iranian lawmaker says uranium deal called off'
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Nov 7, 2009
Iran has backed out of a UN-backed deal to enrich uranium abroad with the help of Russia and other countries, according to a senior Iranian lawmaker quoted in Iranian media.
Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh speaks to media after talks between Iran and the United States, Russia and France last month.
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Israel & Region World Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chief of Iran's Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, was quoted by the Iranian Students News Agency on Saturday as saying, "Giving the 3.5 percent enriched uranium to receive 20 percent enriched fuel for Tehran's research reactor whether gradually or all at once is called off."
Boroujerdi added that Iran's ambassador the UN nuclear watchdog, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, was currently "in talks to find an approach for the issue."
The plan is backed by the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.
The parliamentarian's comments came days after US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the nuclear offer, which is intended to restrain its potential for making a nuclear weapon, should be fully accepted by Iran and will not be changed.
"This is a pivotal moment for Iran," she had said.