Iran Balks at UN Plan on Nukes

Now wants to buy fuel, not ship uranium to Russia for enrichment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2009 9:30 AM CDT
Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, left, speaks to media Wednesday.   (Hans Punz)
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(Newser) – State TV says Iran wants to buy nuclear fuel it needs for a research reactor rather than accept the UN deal negotiated earlier this week, in which much of Iran's uranium would be shipped to Russia for further enrichment. The response will come as a disappointment to the US, Russia, and France, all of whom endorsed the UN plan today as a way of steering Tehran away from nuclear weapons. No sign yet on how the world powers will react.