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Iran hopeful world powers will accept nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran says it expects the United States and other world powers to accept a nuclear fuel swap deal despite initial skepticism that Tehran is really ready to cooperate in talks over its nuclear activities.

The U.S. and its allies said a deal reached with outside mediation by Turkey and Brazil on Monday failed to ease their concerns that Iran is ultimately intending to develop a nuclear weapons capability.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday he was optimistic that after more consideration they would accept the deal.

Iran is offering to trade much of its enriched uranium for fuel rods for a medical research reactor. The U.S. fears Iran's enrichment work could lead to weapons production. Iran denies that.

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