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Draft agreement on Iran uranium deal

world Updated: Oct 21, 2009 19:41 IST
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A draft agreement has been drawn up after talks between Iran, Russia, the United States and France on the supply of enriched uranium to Tehran and has been sent to the capitals for approval by Friday, the chief of the UN atomic watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei said today.

"I have circulated a draft agreement that reflects in my judgment a balanced approach on how to move forward," ElBaradei told reporters after crunch talks here.

"The deadline for parties to give, I hope, affirmative action is Friday."

The talks, which had started Monday and finished just after midday today, had been on a proposal for France and Russia to enrich below-weapons grade uranium for Iran.

But Tehran made it clear that it did not want France to be part of any deal.

Western powers want greater control of Iran's uranium which they fear is being used to build a nuclear bomb.

Russia, France and the US have all been pushing Iran to move forward an agreement -- reached in principle in Geneva on October 1 -- under which Tehran would ship 1,200 kilogrammes of its own stockpiled uranium to Russia, and subsequently France, by the end of the year.

But ElBaradei did not reveal whether Iran had finally agreed to that key point.

The head of the Iranian delegation, IAEA ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said only that Iran would be in an position to "get the fuel" for an Iranian research reactor which makes isotopes for medical uses such as cancer treatment.