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No Deal

Iran denies deal with U.S. to ship enriched uranium to Russia

Saying there had been "no agreement on any nuclear topic," Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham denied on Saturday reports that the country had reached a new agreement with the United States.

"Such news is spread out of political motives and its goal is to tarnish the climate of the talks and make it more complicated to reach a settlement," she said in comments reported by Reuters.

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that Iran and the U.S. had reached a tentative agreement to ship Iran's surplus enriched uranium to Russia. But Tehran denied those reports a day later, suggesting negotiations will remain tough when Iran and "P5+1" — the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany — renew low-level talks on Jan. 15.