Davutoglu: West unable to adapt Turkey-Brazil deal on Iran

Turkey still sees a chance of resolving fuel swap issue on the basis of Iran deal reached with Turkey and Brazil in May, Davutoglu said.

Davutoglu: West unable to adapt Turkey-Brazil deal on Iran

Turkey still sees a chance of resolving fuel swap issue on the basis of Iran deal reached with Turkey and Brazil in May, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.

"The Tehran agreement is dead. There (are) new sanctions. But there is a possibility of resolving this exchange of uranium based on the Tehran agreement. We have to use that," Davutoglu told the Chatham House thinktank in London.

"Iran must be more transparent, more open, and fulfil the commitments of the Tehran agreement and the P5+1 (the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany) must give a chance to this diplomacy rather than going to a confrontational attitude," he said.

"Turkey will continue to work for this diplomatic solution. We don't want military intervention in our region. We don't want more and more sanctions which will affect our economy. We don't want nuclear weapons in our region," he said.

"West unable to adapt"

Turkey and Brazil's efforts had not failed, he said.

"We showed to the world that through diplomacy we can achieve something. The problem was nobody expected Turkey and Brazil would convince the Iranian side to sign this paper. Therefore it was difficult to adapt to the new situation," he said.

Under the May deal, Iran agreed to transfer 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Turkey within a month and in return receive, within a year, 120 kg of 20 percent-enriched uranium for use in a medical research reactor.

But, on June 9, the U.N. Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran. Brazil and Turkey, angry at the West's dismissal of their deal with Iran that they said made new sanctions unnecessary, voted against.

Iran has said it is prepared to return to long-frozen talks with world powers on certain conditions, and not before the end of August. It has said it would resume nuclear talks with Turkey and Brazil earlier than that.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator has on Tuesday sent a letter to the European Union's foreign affairs chief, saying that talks could be held as soon as September on issues including Tehran's nuclear programme.


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