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US displeased at delay in Iran response on uranium

WASHINGTON (KWWL) - The Obama administration says it's disappointed that Iran hasn't yet embraced a U.N.-coordinated plan that could ease fears about its potential for making a nuclear weapon.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says the international community has been waiting a long time for Iran to address concerns about its intentions. He says the U.S. still hopes Iran will go along with the proposal.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran is "considering the proposal in depth" but needs until the middle of next week to respond.

The plan endorsed by the U.S., Russia and France calls for Iran to ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Russia for further enrichment. It would be used as fuel for a research reactor in Tehran that makes medical isotopes and is under regular monitoring by a U.N. agency.

The plan is designed to limit the potential for Iran to secretly convert uranium into a form that can be used to make a nuclear weapon.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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