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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — American officials said on Monday that they were still negotiating with their Iranian counterparts on one of the main issues remaining in their efforts to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear program — how to dispose of Iran’s big nuclear stockpile — and that shipping the atomic fuel out of the country was still a possibility.
The American officials were pushing back against public statements made on Sunday by Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, that seemed to rule out an accord under which uranium would be sent abroad.
“The export of stocks of enriched uranium is not in our program, and we do not intend sending them abroad,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse. “There is no question of sending the stocks abroad.”
Those comments represented an apparent change in position by the Iranian negotiators, who had been reported as having tentatively agreed for months to send a large portion of their uranium stockpile to Russia for reprocessing into a form that would be extremely difficult to use in a nuclear bomb.
The New York Times reported on the statements, which were made by Mr. Araqchi to a number of Iranian and international news organizations.
American officials did not criticize Mr. Araqchi’s public comments, which he made to several news organizations, but they insisted that the issue had never been decided in the closed-door talks, even tentatively. That suggests the question may not be resolved until a final accord is struck in June.
“Contrary to the report in The New York Times, the issue of how Iran’s stockpile would be disposed of had not yet been decided in the negotiating room, even tentatively,” a senior State Department official said in a statement that was emailed to reporters.
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