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Iran officials deny fresh nuclear swap offer planned

ISTANBUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Iran has no fresh offer to make for a nuclear fuel swap at talks with world powers due to begin on Friday in Istanbul, members of the Iranian delegation told Reuters.

The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV news channel had reported Iran would propose a revised version of a deal which was agreed in principle at a previous round of talks in 2009 but then fell apart, but Iranian officials said there were no such plans.

“I haven’t heard about it,” Ali Baqeri, a deputy to Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, told Reuters as the Iranian delegation arrived in Istanbul on Thursday. Another official said: “There is no new proposal. This is something created by the Western media. Why should we propose such a thing?” (Reporting by Parisa Hafezi; writing by Simon Cameron-Moore)