File - Iran's heavy water nuclear facility near the central city of Arak is backdropped by mountains in this file photo dated Jan. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)
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Iran has made a proposal that would significantly lower plutonium production at a planned reactor, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying, signalling flexibility on a key issue in talks to end the nuclear dispute with world powers.Iran denies any such aim.The fate of the heavy-water plant, which has not yet been completed, is one of the central issues in negotiations between Iran and six major powers aimed at reaching a long-term deal on Tehran's nuclear programme by an agreed July 20 deadline.Heavy-water reactors like Arak, fuelled by natural uranium, are seen as especially suitable for yielding plutonium.Iran is not known to have any such plant.
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