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Iran Says It Wants UN Fuel Plan Reviewed

Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Iran wants the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to establish a committee to review a UN-drafted deal aimed at easing international tension over Tehran's atomic activities, its foreign minister has said.

Under a U.S.-backed plan, Iran would send most of its low-enriched uranium (LEU) abroad for further processing to turn it into more refined fuel for a Tehran research reactor.

The plan aims to reduce Iran's LEU stockpile in order to prevent the material from being turned into highly enriched uranium needed for a nuclear bomb.

"Two days ago, we passed our views and observations to the IAEA, so it is very much possible to establish a technical commission to review and reconsider all these issues," Manuchehr Mottaki told reporters at a meeting of foreign ministers from eight developing countries.

Mottaki, speaking through a translator, said Iran would "continue enrichment" for its nuclear needs.