TEHRAN — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday urged Iran to stick to an agreement to ship low-enriched uranium abroad for processing for use in a Tehran research reactor after a senior official Iranian official said his country wants to instead purchase nuclear fuel.
Clinton said there should be no backing away from the deal with the United States and other countries, which was intended to slow any Iranian efforts at developing uranium for a nuclear bomb. “This is a pivotal moment for Iran,” she said while traveling in North Africa. “Acceptance of this proposal would be a good indication that Iran does not wish to be isolated.”
Her comments came hours after the first Iranian statement on the issue since Iran formally submitted its response on the proposed nuclear deal to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna on Thursday. The contents of that response have not been made public.
“The key point is guarantee of providing the fuel,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, told the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency regarding the deal.