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World reacts to Iran nuclear swap deal

05-18-2010 10:09 BJT

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Iran has agreed to a key Western demand, saying it is ready to ship much of its low-enriched uranium abroad. Despite the concession, some in the international community remain skeptical, and are only cautiously welcoming the agreement.

Some in the west believe Tehran's decision to agree to ship its low-enriched uranium to Turkey, is a delaying tactic, designed to stave off a new set of UN sanctions.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has cautiously welcomed the agreement, but added that the deal may fail to fully satisfy the international community.

Dmitry Medvedev said, "We should welcome what was done by our colleagues from Brazil and Turkey. This is a political and diplomatic way of solving the Iranian nuclear issue. We should urgently hold additional consultations with the participation of all sides concerned, including Iran. And on the results we should determine for ourselves what should be done next; a question of whether the amount of swap operations will be sufficient or if we should do something else."

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Ministry says it welcomes the agreement but is still waiting for credible answers from Iran.

In Washington, the US government describes the Iranian move as a "positive step," but adds that the US still has serious doubts about the country's willingness to live up to its international commitments.

PJ Crowley, Spokesman` US State Department, said, "The United States continues to have concerns about the arrangement, the joint declaration does not address the core concerns of the international community. Iran remains in defiance of five UN Security Council resolutions including its unwillingness to suspend enrichment operations."

But the spokesman says the US will engage Iran if it addresses the West's concerns about its nuclear program.

Some political observers say they do not see the new nuclear swap deal as a substantial concession from Iran, saying the move is only intended to split the international community and prevent a new round of U.N. sanctions.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source:

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