U.S. Accepts Draft For Iran Nuclear Plan

VIENNA, Austria (CNN) - The United States has accepted a draft agreement aimed at ending the international dispute over Iran's nuclear activities.

The Obama administration on Friday informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - the U.N. nuclear watchdog - that it accepts the plan which came out of discussions this week with Iran, France, Russia, and U.N. officials.

It is unclear whether Iran will sign on to the plan. An Iranian diplomat said Wednesday that the country accepts the offer "in principle," but the the government has not given a formal response.

The draft 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.

"Today the United States delivered its positive response to IAEA Director General (Mohammed) ElBaradei's proposal put forth on Wednesday in Vienna. We look forward to Iran's reply," said Mike Hammer, spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, in a statement Friday.


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