Iran calls on US to back nuclear fuel deal, warns Russia

Ahmadinejad urged Us and Russia to back a nuclear fuel deal, warning it would be the "last opportunity" to resolve the atomic standoff.

Iran calls on US to back nuclear fuel deal, warns Russia

Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged the United States and Russia Wednesday to back a nuclear fuel deal, warning it would be the "last opportunity" to resolve the atomic standoff.

"The Tehran declaration (on a fuel swap) is the best opportunity. We took an important step and said something very important. There are no excuses left," Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech, addressing US and Russian leaders.

The Iranian president said the deal provided an "historic opportunity" to his US counterpart Barack Obama who began his presidency with a pledge to extend an "olive branch" to Tehran.

US President Barack Obama should bear in mind that if he does not use this opportunity, Iranians are unlikely to give him a new chance, he said, as world powers mulled new sanctions against Iran despite the fuel deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey earlier this month.

"There are people in the world and in America who insist on pitting Mr Obama against Iranians and push him to the point of no return and force him to do something which will forever block the path of friendship with Iranians," he said.

"Unusual criticism on Russia"


However, Western governments have sitll been dismissive of the fuel deal. Despite strong energy and defence ties with Iran, Russia has backed a new sanctions drive at the UN Security Council which has issued repeated ultimatums for Iran to freeze uranium enrichment.

In an unusually criticism of the Russian government, Ahmadinejad said, Medvedev had bowed to U.S. pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme.

"If I were the Russian president, when making decisions about subjects related to a great nation (Iran) ... I would act more cautiously, I would think more," Ahmadinejad said.

"The Iranian nation doesn't know: are they (the Russians) our friends and neighbours? Are they with us or are they looking for something else?"

He said Russia should not support countries which had shown animosity to us for 30 years, referring to the United States, which has led the global push for new sanctions.

"This is not acceptable for the Iranian nation. I hope they (Russia) will pay attention and take corrective action," he said.

"I am hopeful that Russian leaders and authorities will pay attention to these friendly words and take corrective action and not let the Iranian nation consider them among the ranks of its historic enemies."

With the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, Iran committed to give the 1200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.

Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency, in Turkey.


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Tughluq
Tughluq - 11 yıl Before

Iran should not trust Russia instead need to develop ties with nuclear Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Iran need to be careful and re-evaluate Armenian friendship because they are too friendly with US and one day they may do the same thing.