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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Iran Rejects AP Report of Agreement with USA on Nuclear Materials Shipment to Russia

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On Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected an Associated Press (AP) report of an alleged agreement with the USA on the list of nuclear materials intended for shipment to Russia. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham said that the report on an agreement between Iran and the USA on a formula to reduce Tehran’s nuclear programme is “baseless”. Mehr quoted Ms Afkham as saying, “There’s been no deal on any issue” regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. She also said that such media reports aim to “complicate” and “demolish” the nuclear talks. On Friday, citing diplomatic sources, the AP reported that Iran and the USA tentatively agreed on a formula that Washington hoped would reduce Tehran’s ability to make nuclear arms by committing it to ship to Russia much of the material needed for such weapons. The report came as Iran and the six world powers were preparing to have the second round of talks on the Iran nuclear issue in Geneva on 15 January. After failing to reach an agreement by 24 November 2014, Iran and the six world powers (Russia, China, the UK, the USA, and France plus Germany) decided to extend their discussions for seven more months. Western nations suspect Iran of using its nuclear research for developing atomic weapons whilst Iran insists that its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.

3 January 2015



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