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Iran backs off key component in nuclear talks
Iran backs off key component in nuclear talks

Iran is backing off an earlier apparent agreement to allow enriched uranium to be shipped out of the country to Russia as a way to assure the material can’t be used as nuclear bomb fuel.  Speaking on the sidelines of ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Iranian reporters the country has “no plans to ship the uranium stockpile abroad at all,” Iran’s Mehr news agency reported. He insisted that Iran had never had plans to do so. But he said there were other ways to assure that the material is not diverted for weapons use, even if it remains in Iran. Since late last year, it has been widely...

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