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Iranian political activists support nuclear swap agreement

Source: Radio Zamaneh

A group of Iranian national-religious political activists issued a statement in support of today's nuclear exchange agreement in Tehran and declared that from a "political and economic" stance, it is in the interest of the Iranian nation.

Celebrating signing of the nuclear agreement in Tehran

From left: Brazil's FM and President,  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Turkey's Prime Minister and FM

The announcement states that fuel exchange "in a friend country that is well-trusted in a positive step."

Mohammad Bastehnegar, Ezzatollah Sahabi, Taghii Rahmani, Hosein Rafii, Reza Raistoosi, Hossein ShahHosseini, Azam Taleghani, Reza Alijani and Nezameddin Ghahari are signatories of this announcement.

According to the statement, the fuel exchange agreement could end economic sanctions against Iran, and in political terms, it could also lead to "transparency" in Iran's relationship with the world.

These political activists maintain that the government's oil revenues have tripled since the time of the Reformist Government; however, "lack of foresight and adventurism of the government" has kept the majority of the people in poverty.

The statement calls for collaboration of both conservative and reformist political activists in supporting this government initiative.

This morning reports indicate that Iran has come to agreement with Turkey and Brazil on their proposals regarding nuclear fuel exchange.

Iran has agreed to exchange its low density uranium with 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel from the West on Turkish territory. They have agreed to allow a year for the delivery of the high density uranium.

The breakthrough in agreements has come after Hilary Clinton and Dimitri Medvedev had both said they were no optimistic about the outcome of today's trilateral talks in Tehran.

Ahamdinejad's nuclear deal slammed by Iranian MP

Iranian Member of Parliament, Ahmad Tavakoli slammed the agreement sealed between Iran, Turkey and Brazil yesterday regarding Iran's nuclear fuel exchange procedures.

He stressed that this agreement does not protect Iranian interests in the matter and called on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to justify his decision in front of the parliament.

The said agreement states that Iran will exchange 1200 kg of its low-enriched uranium with 120 kg of 20 percent enriched uranium on Turkish territory.

The West has viewed this agreement with caution reserving their right to dismiss it following International Atomic Agency's reading of it. The US has announced today that it does not address their concerns and they will forge ahead with their plans for increasing sanctions against Iran.

Ahamd Tavakoli, who is the head of parliament's research headquarters, announced that the agreement does not ensure the commitment of Western parties.

Tavakoli claims most of the articles of the agreement appear to be mere "diplomatic compliments" and that Iran "has lost its strongest leverage" in this agreement.

He also claimed that the agreement "raises Turkey's weight in the regional equations at the expense of reducing Iran's."

After months of challenge over IAEA's nuclear fuel exchange deal, Iran has agreed to make the exchange outside Iranian territory.

Iran's persistence in making the exchange on Iranian territory led to US efforts to commence a new set of economic sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions will be considered next week by the United Nations General Assembly, according to Western officials.

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