Turkish PM urges Obama to support nuclear fuel swap deal

10:44, May 22, 2010      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to support a nuclear fuel swap deal signed with Iran to solve the nuclear stand-off through diplomacy, Turkish media reported Friday.

"The deal opened a door for finding a solution through diplomatic means," Erdogan was quoted by the semi-official Anatolia news agency as saying in a letter to Obama.

The prime minister has also called British Prime Minister David Cameron, saying "the declaration may not be the one which removes all concerns of the international community but it is an confidence-building step," the agency reported Friday.

Iran agreed Monday with Turkey and Brazil to ship the bulk of its 3.5 percent low-enriched uranium to Turkey for deposit, in exchange for 120 kg of 20 percent high-enriched uranium.

On Tuesday, the U.S. circulated a draft resolution backed by veto-wielding powers to the UN Security Council that would build on existing UN sanctions on Iran and give them "additional teeth" by creating new categories.

The U.S. and other Western countries have suspected Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear energy program. Iran denies the charge.

Source: Xinhua


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