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Iran snubs nuclear fuel deal: diplomats

world Updated: Jan 20, 2010 18:47 IST

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Iran has responded to a UN-brokered nuclear fuel supply deal, rejecting some of the conditions called for by the West and insisting on a simultaneous exchange of fuel, diplomats here said today.

One western diplomat, speaking on condition on anonymity, told AFP that Iran gave its response at a meeting between the International Atomic Energy Agency's new chief Yukiya Amano and Iranian ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh earlier this month.

The IAEA refused to say whether the meeting took place or on its possible content.

But, according to the diplomat, Soltanieh reiterated the Islamic republic's earlier position, including the demand for a simultaneous fuel swap, which the West has persistently ruled out as unacceptable.

The Iranians did not give their response in writing, however, the diplomat noted.

Instead, the IAEA drew up the minutes of the meeting and then asked Soltanieh to verify that the memo correctly reflected Iran's position.

"His response was 'yes'," the diplomat said.

Another diplomat also said it was unclear whether Iran had actually delivered a written response. But "certainly there was no agreement to the TRR (Tehran Research Reactor) proposal," the diplomat said.