AL welcomes tripartite declaration on Iranian uranium swap

08:30, May 18, 2010      

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The Arab League (AL) welcomed on Monday the tripartite nuclear swap deal announced by Turkey, Iran and Brazil, Cairo-based MENA news agency reported.

In press statements on Monday, AL Secretary General Amr Moussa described the joint declaration on Iran's nuclear fuel swap with Brazil and Turkey as a "positive step," expressing hope that this step would lead to resolving the Iranian nuclear standoff.

Iran, Turkey and Brazil on Monday signed a joint declaration to endorse a fuel swap whereby Iran will ship most of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for the 20 percent uranium fuel needed for its reactor.

Asked about Israeli skepticism over the deal, the senior Arab diplomat said "If Israel is skeptic, it is its own business, but this does not call on us to be skeptic too," he said.

Islamic Republic of Iran expressed its readiness, in accordance with the agreement, to deposit 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium (LEU) within one month.

In case the provisions of this declaration are not respected, Turkey, upon the request of Iran, will return swiftly and unconditionally deposited LEU to Iran.

Source:Xinhua

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