DUBAI: Iran denied that it had reached an agreement with the United States to ship its surplus enriched uranium to Russia under new concessions aimed at clinching a comprehensive nuclear deal with six world powers.
Tehran and Washington had tentatively agreed on a formula to ship to Russia much of the material that could potentially lead to manufacture of atomic arms by the Islamic republic.
Negotiators had drawn up a catalogue for the first time at their December meeting in Geneva outlining areas of potential accord and differences in their 12 year nuclear dispute.
Marzieh Afkham, Iran’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said no agreement on any nuclear topic had been reached.
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s atomic energy agency said that the long nuclear conflict was drawing to an end. He said have no doubt that the nuclear issue will be resolved in Iran’s favour and we will soon celebrate Iran’s victory.
Iran and the six powers “P5+1” the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany are to resume low level talks on Tehran’s nuclear activities in Geneva on Jan 15, but wide gaps remain in their positions.