Iran backs out of key nuclear provision one day away from deadline

Tomorrow is the deadline for Iran and Western nations to finalize the political framework for a nuclear deal. However, Iran with a “not so fast my friend” move have said they will no longer agree to ship atomic fuel out of the country.

From USA Today:

In a possible late complication, Iranian officials on Sunday appeared to back away from an important element of any agreement, saying they no longer agree to ship atomic fuel out of the country, The New York Times reported. Iran had tentatively agreed that it would send a large portion of its stockpile of uranium to Russia, but Iran’s deputy foreign minister made a comment to Iranian reporters that ruled out an agreement that involved giving up the stockpile.

This is going to make things complicated. I understand this somewhat from Iran’s point-of-view, as they have spent years and billions of dollars amassing that stockpile according to The New York Times report. Unfortunately for them, the rest of the world doesn’t trust them with that much atomic fuel.

Let’s see if this is a deal breaker. I doubt it, as neither party wants these 18 months of negotiations to be for nothing.


[USA Today]