France agrees to give "a little" dialogue time on Iran issue

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France agrees to "give a little time to dialogue" on the Iran nuclear issue, the Elysee Palace said on Monday in a statement about a telephone conversation between the French and Turkish leaders.

President Nicolas Sarkozy and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation on the nuclear fuel swap agreement signed by Iran, Turkey and Brazil on May 17, the statement said.

Based on the background that Iran has officially informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the fuel swap deal, France suggested that the two sides "stay in touch and give a little time to dialogue," according to the statement.

The Turkish government issued a statement also on Monday, calling the swap deal a "significant step by Iran," and expressed confidence that the concerned international community could "also give a positive response and make the best of this opportunity."

The IAEA has announced earlier its receipt of Iran's notification on the latest nuclear fuel swap deal, according to which Tehran will ship 1,200 kg of 3.5-percent-enriched uranium to Turkey for exchange of a supply of 20-percent-enriched uranium for civil research.

One day after the announcement of Iran's swap deal, Sarkozy called it "a positive step" and urged Iran to drop its nuclear program, according to a statement from his office.

Source: Xinhua


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