Three days of talks on Iran’s nuclear program wrapped up here Wednesday with a draft agreement on how to provide the Islamic republic nuclear fuel for civilian purposes.
The delegations from Iran, France, Russia, the United States and the United Nations have until Friday to decide whether they will sign the agreement described by International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei as “a balanced approach to the problem.” The agency is the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog. The delegates met in Vienna this week to work out the details of a tentative deal reached in early October. That deal calls for low-enriched uranium produced in Iran to be sent abroad for further enrichment and then returned for use in medical research and treatment. Tehran says its nuclear program is intended solely for peaceful purposes. But many in the West believe Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons capabilities.