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Nuclear deal reached with Brazil, Turkey

May 18, 2010

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— Iran reached a surprise nuclear agreement with Brazil and Turkey on Monday, a deal that threatens to undermine the Obama administration’s efforts to stem the Iranians’ nuclear ambitions — and, more broadly, the U.S. diplomatic strategy.

The deal revives a concept first broached by the administration last year. Iran will send part of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Turkey for safekeeping, possibly within a month, in exchange for enough higher-enriched uranium to fuel a 42-year-old, U.S.-built research reactor that produces medical isotopes.

Iran will not, however, halt its uranium enrichment or enter into substantive negotiations on its program.

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