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Iran ready to remove fears over Arak reactor

VIENNA (AP) - Iran's foreign minister says Tehran is ready to eliminate fears that a reactor it's building could be used to make atomic arms.

As his country and six world powers adjourned their nuclear talks today, he implied that Iran is open to re-engineering the heavy-water facility to reduce its plutonium output, possibly by turning it into a light-water reactor.

The semi-official Fars news agency quotes him as saying that while Iran insists on completing and running its nuclear reactor, "any proliferation concerns" linked to it "have to be removed."

The world powers want the nearly finished reactor at Arak, southwest of Tehran, to be destroyed or converted to a type that produces less plutonium, a material that could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Neither the foreign minister nor European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton gave details of what, if any, progress was made over two days of negotiations in Vienna.

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