Iran Facing Friday Deadline On Nuclear Deal

10.22.09 | FL News Team

Iran has until Friday to approve a draft plan to reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium. The plan, presented Wednesday by the United Nations nuclear watchdog group, represents what one official called a balanced approach to how to move forward over Iran's nuclear program. Three days of talks in Vienna failed to finalize the deal as the International Atomic Energy Agency, France, Russia and the United States had hoped for. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei announced the draft deal, adding he's hopeful that by Friday, quote, "we have an OK by all the parties concerned." Others involved in the talks say there is widespread uncertainty over whether Iran would make a genuine commitment. Western countries see Iran's stockpiling of enriched uranium as a nuclear weapons risk.