The United Nations nuclear agency says Iran should not be offered a special deal in exchange for allowing tougher inspections of its nuclear program. International Atomic Energy Agency officials say Iran should be treated like all other countries and should not be given benefits for fulfilling its obligations. The IAEA officials say Iran could gain credibility and prove it does not have a nuclear-weapons program by agreeing to the inspections.
News reports say Britain, France and Germany have proposed sharing technology with Iran if Tehran accepts the inspections and halts its uranium enrichment program. The United States reportedly opposes this approach.
In Moscow, U.S. ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow told a conference on nuclear non-proliferation that Washington expects the Kremlin to freeze its nuclear ties with Iran.
Russia, which is building a nuclear reactor for Iran, expects to supply the fuel and to get the spent nuclear fuel back. Negotiations for that deal have been stalled by Tehran's demand that Russia pay for the spent fuel, but the Interfax news agency said Friday the issue was resolved.
Ambassador Vershbow said the United States also expects Russia to pressure its Soviet-era ally, North Korea, to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
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