Uranium swap breakthrough in int'l mindset towards Iran: Turkish FM

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The uranium swap agreement inked between Iran, Brazil and Turkey represented a breakthrough in the international community's negative outlook towards Iran, Turkish foreign minister said here Tuesday.

"Looking at the past thirty years, yesterday was the greatest diplomatic opening Iran agreed to," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul, adding "a psychological barrier has been overcome."

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

The swap, first proposed by the United Nations last October but later rejected by Iran, will take place in Turkey and is proof of Iran's intention to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, he said.

Davutoglu said that the agreement exhibited mutual trust, confidence building and spirit of cooperation, "Iran has shown flexibility and political will with the signing of the agreement."

He said all the three conditions of the international community have been met, "there is no need for speculation" and that the international community must maintain a positive approach.

Dismissing the West's doubts over the Iranian intention and their talk of further sanctions, he added "discussion of sanctions will only spoil the atmosphere."

By next week Iran will submit the agreement to the IAEA and afterwards the uranium will be kept in Turkey for no longer than 11 months, added the foreign minister.

Source: Xinhua

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