Iran expects West's quick response to Tehran declaration: spokesman

20:07, May 18, 2010      

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran expects West's quick response to the declaration issued on Monday in Tehran concerning Iran's nuclear issue.

"Now, the world is waiting for Vienna group's move," Mehmanparast said, adding that "we hope they do not delay any longer."

The spokesman told reporters in his weekly briefing that Iran expects a logical response from the Vienna group (engaged in the swap deal, including representatives from Iran, France, Russia, the United States and the IAEA) since Tehran's agreement has created an "atmosphere of cooperation rather than confrontation."

Iran is optimistic about the fuel swap, he added.

Iran signed a joint agreement with Turkey and Brazil on Monday in Tehran 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.

Iran agreed to a draft proposal under which Iran will send some 1,200 kg of its 3.5 percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for a total of 120 kg 20 percent uranium needed for a medical research reactor, local satellite Press TV reported.

Source: Xinhua


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