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Citing Options, Iran Rejects Uranium Deal, Diplomat Says

Steven Erlanger | The New York Times

Ashton and Jalili

At the talks between Iran and six major powers in Istanbul over the weekend, Iran said it was "no longer interested" in a fuel-swap deal proposed by Washington and the others, a senior Western diplomat said Monday.

In Istanbul, the lead Western negotiator, Catherine Ashton, said only that her Iranian counterpart, Saeed Jalili, had refused to engage on the details of a revised offer to swap most of Iran's low-enriched uranium for fuel rods, to power a declining Tehran reactor that produces medical isotopes.     Full Article

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