Saturday, October 31, 2009

Iran Rejects UN-Drafted Uranium Plan

A technician pictured at the control room of the
Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facilities in 2007. Photo AFP

Iran's Nuclear Response Creates a Quandary for Obama -- Time Magazine

If the Obama Administration had hoped to get the bulk of Iran's current stockpile of enriched uranium out of the country under a new agreement for reprocessing abroad, those hopes are fading fast. The counter-proposal offered by Iran on Thursday contained such substantive revisions that Western officials are interpreting it as a rejection — at least of the aspect of the deal most important to the Western powers. More worrisome, perhaps, for the future of President Obama's engagement strategy may be the fact that although the deal contained some important concessions to Tehran, the possibility that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might embrace it sparked a storm of criticism from across the Iranian political spectrum.

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More News On Iran's Nuclear Program

Iranian Lawmakers Reject Nuclear Deal -- Voice of America
Iran lawmakers reject UN-drafted uranium plan -- AP
Iran Tells U.N. It Wants Nuclear Fuel First - Envoys -- New York Times
Iran seeks big changes to nuclear deal -- Financial Times
Iran insists on changes to nuclear deal -- L.A. Times
West still untrustworthy over Iran talks: Ahmadinejad -- AFP
Iran nuclear deal: why the haggling might be different this time -- Christian science Monitor
Iran Backtracks on Nuclear Deal, What Next? -- The Atlantic
Iran’s Brazen Gambit in the Nuclear Chess Game -- Heritage Foundation

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