Iran hands over response to UN-proposed nuclear deal

Iran has given an initial response to the International Atomic Energy agency on a plan that calls for Tehran to ship much of its enriched uranium abroad, the IAEA said Thursday.

The wording of the statement by the United Nations nuclear watchdog appeared to dash Western hopes of a quick deal that would delay Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon.

The U.S. and allied countries were seeking Iranian agreement to ship out 70 percent of its low-enriched uranium to Russia in one shipment for further enrichment and conversion into fuel for a Tehran research reactor.

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