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Iran's Ahmadinejad compares West to a 'mosquito'

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has compared Iran's enemies to a "mosquito" as his regime continues to stall in negotiations with the West over Iran's nuclear program.

Mr. Ahmadinejad made the comment Sunday, a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Iran that "we're not going to wait forever" for Iran to accept the UN-backed nuclear deal, reports the Associated Press.

Under the International Atomic Energy Agency deal hammered out by negotiators from France, the US, and Russia, Iran would send 1.2 tons of low-enriched uranium to Russia in one shipment before January, where it would be converted to fuel for a Iranian research reactor. The Associated Press reports that amount is about 70 percent of Iran's stockpile.

Iran on Thursday essentially refused the deal, saying it would not send the entire batch of fuel in one shipment, but preferred several smaller shipments. That is unacceptable to Western officials, who fear Iran could further enrich the nuclear material for use in weapons.


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