Iran says talks with Turkey, Brazil to continue

Iran's UN envoy said the UN Security Council's decision to impose new sanctions on his country would not close diplomatic channels.

Iran says talks with Turkey, Brazil to continue

Iran said late on Wednesday that cooperation with Turkey and Brazil would continue.

Mohammad Khazaee, Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), said the UN Security Council's decision to impose new sanctions on his country would not close diplomatic channels.

"Regional and international cooperation with Turkey and Brazil would continue," Khazaee told AA correspondent in New York.

The Security Council approved a fourth round of sanctions against Iran on Wednesday.

UN vote came despite Turkey-Brazil efforts that yielded a nuclear swap deal with Iran.

Turkey and Brazil voted against it while Lebanon abstained. However, there were 12 votes in favor of the resolution.

Khazaee said the adoption of the resolution disappointed Turkey, Iran and Brazil but the trilateral cooperation would go on.

The Iranian diplomat said Iran had fulfilled its obligations under the Tehran declaration, and sent a related letter to Vienna.

Khazaee said the ball was now in Vienna Group's court, and Iran was expecting an answer from the group.

The diplomat said Israel owned nuclear weapons, and it was not a member of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but nobody was doing anything.

Khazaee said only Israel had nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and they naturally wanted the region to be purified from nuclear weapons but first of all, Israel and countries backing it should want the same thing.

The Iranian diplomat defined the Tehran declaration as a significant opportunity.

Also, Khazaee said Iran had the right to generate nuclear energy for peaceful means.

Khazaee also said Iran cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and signed uranium swap agreement with Turkey.

Under the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give 1,200kg 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 United States, France, Russia and IAEA, in Turkey.

Agencies

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