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Report: Iran Wants To Buy Nuclear Fuel Rather Than Ship Uranium To Russia

State TV in Iran says that nation "wants to buy nuclear fuel it needs for a research reactor rather than accept a U.N.-drafted plan to ship much of its uranium to Russia for further enrichment," the Associated Press reports from Tehran.

The AP says that news will "come as a disappointment to the U.S., Russia and France," which support a draft plan to have Iran send its uranium elsewhere for enrichment — a plan that in theory would make it less likely Iran would gather enough fuel that would be suitable for a nuclear weapon because it would have less uranium at its disposal and would no longer control the enrichment process.

According to Reuters, France's foreign minister is saying that the news out of Iran today is not positive.

Update at 10:35 a.m. ET. The AP adds that:

While Iran did not reject the plan outright, state TV said that Tehran was waiting for a response to its own proposal to buy nuclear fuel rather than ship low-enriched uranium to Russia for further enrichment. Iran has often used counterproposals as a way to draw out nuclear negotiations with the West.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is waiting for a constructive and confidence building response to the clear proposal of buying fuel for the Tehran research reactor," state TV quoted an unnamed source close to Iran's negotiating team as saying Friday.