The foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, told the student news agency ISNA that Iran would consider a simultaneous swap of its nuclear fuel for other uranium. But he told ISNA that, “definitely, Iran will not send its 3.5 percent enriched fuel out.”
Mr. Mottaki is the highest-ranking Iranian official to openly reject the deal, which was brokered by the United Nations nuclear agency, and would require Iran to export much of its low-enriched uranium abroad for processing. But it was unclear whether Mr. Mottaki’s comments reflected Iran’s official stance, or were simply more posturing from Iran, which has yet to give an unambiguous and official response to the nuclear deal.
Still, if his comments represent the views of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, they would essentially signal the death of the deal, which had been supported by the United States, Russia and many European governments, who suspect Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons capability.