France cautiously welcomes new deal on Iranian nuclear fuel

21:51, May 17, 2010      

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French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner extended on Monday cautious welcome to a new fuel swap deal in which Iran will ship the bulk of its uranium abroad.

But before making any declaration on the deal, which was reached by Iran, Brazil and Turkey in Tehran on Monday, France needs to examine its content, Kouchner told a regular news briefing.

France hasn't received the text of the agreement and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must be the first body to formally respond to the deal, he added.

The minister also urged Iran to inform the IAEA of the deal's details.

Early in the day, Kouchner said he welcomes the Turkish and Brazilian effort on the Iranian nuclear impasse, but stressed that "it's the IAEA to make the decision".

As proposed by the trilateral deal, Iran will send the bulk of its low enriched uranium to Turkey for deposit.

In exchange, the United States, France and Russia will provide 120 kg of high enriched uranium to fuel an Iranian research nuclear reactor that makes radioisotopes for cancer treatment.

The arrangement is similar to a proposal made by the IAEA in October. So far, the IAEA, which is the global nuclear watchdog, the United States and Russia haven't formally responded to the new deal.

Source: Xinhua


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