- CNTV English - CCTV News

U.S. calls Iran nuclear deal "positive step," but still has serious concerns

05-18-2010 13:54 BJT

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The White House said on Monday that the newly-reached Iran nuclear fuel swap deal would be a positive step, but the United States continues to have serious concerns over Iran.

The White House said in a statement that it acknowledges the efforts made by Turkey and Brazil, which have helped to broker the nuclear fuel swap deal.

"Given Iran's repeated failure to live up to its own commitments, and the need to address fundamental issues related to Iran's nuclear program, the United States and international community continue to have serious concerns," said the statement.

The statement said the deal would be a positive step, but Iran' s announcement on Monday to continue its 20-percent enrichment activities is "a direct violation" of UN Security Council resolutions.

The White House also pledged that the United States will " continue to work with the international partners, and through the UN Security Council," on the Iranian nuclear issue.

"We remain committed to a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear program, as part of the P5+1 dual track approach, and will be consulting closely with our partners on these developments going forward," the White House said in the statement.

The "dual track approach" refers to diplomacy of engagement and sanctions. The P5+1 refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- China, the United States, Britain, France and Russia -- plus Germany.

Iran signed an agreement with Turkey and Brazil in Tehran on Monday by which it will ship most of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for the 20-percent uranium fuel needed for its Tehran reactor.

Iran agreed to a draft proposal whereby it will send some 1,200 kg of its 3.5-percent enriched uranium over to Turkey in exchange for a total of 120 kg 20-percent uranium needed for a medical research reactor.

The International Atomic Energy Agency proposed last autumn that Iran takes its uranium of 3.5-percent purity to other countries, where it can be processed into high-enrichment uranium of 20 percent. The processed high-enrichment uranium will be then used as fuel for nuclear reactors and for medical purpose.

Iran had rejected the deal, insisting a simultaneous swap of the fuel on its soil.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program