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Iran agrees to nuclear fuel swap plan with Turkey, Brazil

05-17-2010 11:14 BJT

TEHRAN, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday that Iran had agreed to a nuclear fuel swap plan to avoid new sanctions over its controversial nuclear program.

The minister made the announcement after talks in Tehran with his Iranian and Brazilian counterparts Manouchehr Mottaki and Celso Amorim over "a common formula regarding uranium exchange."

Details of a final agreement will be announced on Monday after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian and Brazilian presidents go through the deal, he said.

Erdogan left for Iran on Sunday to join talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, aimed to find a peaceful solution to the nuclear stand-off between Iran and the West, which fears Tehran is trying to make nuclear bombs under its self-proclaimed peaceful program.

The United States has been pushing for a fourth round of UN sanctions on Iran. Turkey and Brazil, both non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, objected to sanctions and have been mediating an agreement on a fuel swap plan.

The nuclear swap plan calls for Iran to hand over its 3.5-percent enriched uranium to other countries in exchange for 20-percent uranium needed for nuclear reactors and for medical purpose.

The plan fell through earlier this year as Iran called for an exchange of nuclear fuel "simultaneously and inside its territory."


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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