Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today in Moscow that Russia expects Iran to "confirm” its acceptance of the nuclear deal reached earlier this week in Vienna.
“Russia expects Iran [and the other countries involved] to confirm their acceptance of the project," Lavrov said (AP, 23 October).
The agreement calls for shipping most of Iran's uranium to Russia and France for enrichment to a level that renders it useful as fuel for Tehran’s research nuclear reactor.
The agreement, when implemented, would prevent Iran to use its stockpile of enriched uranium to build a nuclear weapon. Iran says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
UPDATE: State-run Press TV is reporting that Tehran will announce its final decision on the deal next week.
"Iran informed IAEA Director-General today that it is considering the proposal in depth and in a favorable light, but it needs time until the middle of next week to provide a response," read a statement by IAEA released on Friday. "The Director General hopes that Iran's response will equally be positive, since approval of this agreement will signal a new era of cooperation." [Press TV, 23 October]