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Russia regrets Iran's rejection of nuclear deal: Lavrov

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Moscow, Russia (AFP) Jan 22, 2010
Russia regrets that Iran has apparently rejected a UN-brokered nuclear fuel exchange deal to ease the standoff over its atomic programme, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

"We regret that Iran -- as far as we can see -- does not consider it possible to agree to the formula that it was offered," Lavrov told a news conference.

Under the plan, Iran would hand over most of its stocks of low-enriched uranium in return for the supply by France and Russia of nuclear fuel enriched to the higher level required for a Tehran research reactor.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent UN Security Council member, is one of the few major powers to have close relations with Iran.

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Iran denies rejecting UN nuclear swap offer
Tehran (AFP) Jan 21, 2010
Iran has not rejected a UN-brokered offer to exchange enriched nuclear fuel but it wants a staged swap rather than a wholesale handover of most of its stockpile, foreign ministry officials said in comments published Thursday. "Iran did not reject the principle of the exchange (of nuclear fuel)," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency. His denial ... read more

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