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Iran agrees to ship uranium to Turkey

05-18-2010 09:11 BJT

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Iran, Brazil and Turkey have signed a nuclear fuel swap agreement. It's intended to allay international concern over Iran's nuclear program and avert further UN sanctions against Tehran.

Iran will ship 12-hundred kilograms of low-enriched uranium to Turkey. In exchange, Turkey will hand over higher-grade 20-percent uranium. The exchange will take place on the Turkish soil.

Manouchehr Morttaki, Iranian Foreign Minister, said, "The nuclear fuel exchange is a starting point to begin co-operation and a positive constructive move forward among nations. Such a move should lead to positive interaction and co-operation in the field of peaceful nuclear activity, replacing and avoiding all kinds of confrontation."

Ceslo Amorim, Brazilian Foreign Ministers, said, "The right of Iran is assured by the NPT to have peaceful activities in the nuclear area, including enrichment, but also that they offer guarantees to the international community that these activities are not being deviated for military purposes."

Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister, said, "For us, now there is no grounds anymore for new sanctions or measures."

From L: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a picture in Tehran. Iran agreed on Monday to ship much of its low enriched uranium abroad in a nuclear fuel swap deal backed by Turkey and Brazil but greeted sceptically by world powers seeking new sanctions against Tehran.(AFP/Atta Kenare)
From L: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Iranian 
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan pose for a picture in Tehran. Iran agreed on Monday to ship 
much of its low enriched uranium abroad in a nuclear fuel swap deal 
backed by Turkey and Brazil but greeted sceptically by world powers 
seeking new sanctions against Tehran.(AFP/Atta Kenare)

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