Turkey calls for international contribution to Iran's nuclear swap deal

08:42, May 18, 2010      

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Turkey wants the international community to actively contribute to the implementation of a nuclear swap deal reached in Tehran on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Iran met the expectations of the international community by agreeing on the deal, said the statement.

"This step also showed a solution could be achieved through a diplomatic channel and all efforts should be exerted in this way," it said.

The ministry hailed the move as a new opportunity for Iran and the West to resume talks over the nuclear dispute, while expressing appreciation for Iran's confidence in Turkey and Brazil's support for the process.

Iran signed an agreement with Turkey and Brazil in Tehran on Monday by which it will ship most of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for the 20-percent uranium fuel needed for its research reactor in Tehran.

While describing the deal as "a positive step," the United States said in a statement Monday that it continues to have serious concerns over Iran. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said later on Monday that the new deal does not change steps to seek sanctions on Iran.



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