BRUSSELS — European leaders pressed Iran Friday to stick by a deal that would limit its uranium enrichment, voicing “grave concern” over the country’s nuclear program.
Western diplomats said this week that Tehran had rejected a plan proposed by International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei at talks involving Iran, the U.S., Russia and France.
The plan calls for Iran to export most of its enriched uranium. Iran missed an initial deadline of last Friday to respond, and instead this week offered to enrich its uranium to a higher level inside the country under U.N. supervision.
EU leaders expressed “grave concern over the development of Iran’s nuclear program, and Iran’s persistent failure to meet its international obligations,” according to a draft statement circulating on the second day of a two-day EU summit in Brussels.
The statement urged Iran to agree to the U.N. atomic watchdog’s proposal for supplying nuclear fuel to Tehran’s research reactor, saying such an agreement “would contribute to building confidence.” A copy of the statement was obtained by The Associated Press.
The Iranians’ counteroffer drew criticism in Europe and Israel.
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