Iran, Turkey, and Brazil to meet on nuclear fuel swap deal
Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters on Wednesday that Iran,
Turkey and Brazil will soon resume talks on the nuclear fuel swap deal known as
the Tehran Declaration.
On May 17, Iran, Turkey, and Brazil signed a declaration according to which,
Iran would ship 1200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey to be
exchanged for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel rods to power
the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on
Tuesday that Russia and the U.S. had offered to hold talks with Iran on the
provision of nuclear fuel. "I very much hope that Iran will agree to this and
this will give an opportunity to prevent the deterioration of the situation,"
from left: Brazil's FM &
President, Iranian FM & President, Turkish PM & FM celebrate the
nuclear fuel swap agreement signed in Tehran on May 17, 2010
deal between Iran, Turkey and Brazil
On Russia's offer, Mottaki said, "Our criterion would be the Tehran Declaration
and we will review the Tehran agreement on fuel swap with Turkey and Brazil and
after consultations with these two countries, (we) will announce our final
On Iran's response to a letter by the Vienna group (the U.S., Russia and
France), Mottaki said Iran will consult with Turkey and Brazil and then will
prepare its response.
About Iran's letters to fifteen members of the Security Council, he said the
overall content of the letters is Tehran's complaint about the council's
On June 9, the UN Security Council approved the fourth round of sanctions
against Iran in a 12-2 vote, but Brazil and Turkey voted against the resolution
and Lebanon abstained.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he said Iran believes that certain countries, which
have different approaches, should be added to the 5+1 group (the U.S., Britain,
France, Russia, China and Germany) in negotiations over Iran's nuclear issue.
Therefore, an "assortment of votes" can help the negotiations make progress, he
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