Iran rejects western demand to ship out uranium ahead of nuclear talks

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Iran's ability to enrich uranium is a red line for Israel and many U.S. lawmakers, who worry that Iran is lying about its intentions and would be able to quickly convert enriched uranium into a nuclear weapon at a time of its choosing. Iran insists its program is for peaceful purposes.

“I think it's extremely troubling,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told The Hill after a State Department official would not rule out allowing Iran some enrichment capability during a hearing earlier this month. “What they've basically said is that they want to keep open the option of allowing Iran to maintain its enrichment capability. I think that's a terrible message to send.”

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