Iran favors inclusion of Turkey, Brazil in nuclear talks: FM

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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran favors the inclusion of Turkey and Brazil in upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and Vienna Group.

Turkey and Brazil have played important roles in issuing Tehran declaration. Their presence in upcoming talks between the Islamic Republic and Vienna Group will be useful, said Mehmanparast in his weekly press briefing.

In a tripartite meeting in Tehran on May 17, Iran signed an agreement with Turkey and Brazil, dubbed Tehran Declaration, to endorse a fuel swap deal, in which Iran agreed to ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for the 20 percent uranium fuel needed for its Tehran research reactor.

Also, Mehmanparast said Iran is ready for the talks with Vienna Group, comprising the United States, Russia, France and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but agreements need to be made on the time and place of the talks.

He reiterated that the next talks will be based on the fuel swap which is the subject matter of the Tehran Declaration.

He rejected the comments made by some Western countries that Iran must halt uranium enrichment after the fuel loaded into Bushehr reactor.

The Islamic Republic is planning to build more nuclear power plants in the future and they need fuel, said the spokesman.

French Foreign Ministry said Saturday that France sees no need for Iran to enrich uranium for nuclear energy after its first nuclear power plant at Bushehr was loaded with fuel.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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