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US officially backs Iran uranium proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is officially backing a deal that would ship most of Iran's uranium abroad for enrichment.

Russia and France have also backed the proposal, which calls for Iran to ship uranium to Russia so it can be enriched for fuel. The plan is seen as a way to curb Iran's ability to build a nuclear weapon.

The draft proposal was put forth Wednesday after three days of talks between Iran and world powers. Iran is yet to endorse the plan, which may be met with resistance by the country's leaders because it weakens Iran's control over its stockpiles of nuclear fuel.

National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer says the U.S. looks forward to Iran's reply.

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