A leading Iranian politician said Saturday that the Western-backed plan to transfer the country's enriched-uranium stockpile elsewhere is an American trick to steal Iran's nuclear fuel. "My guess is that the Americans have made a secret deal with certain countries to take [low]-enriched uranium away from us under the pretext of providing nuclear fuel," said Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran's parliament who has close ties to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Under the proposal, Iran's fuel would be sent to Russia to be refined. The U.S., Russia, and France backed the deal on Friday. Iran said it needed until midweek to respond.