Turkey's Erdogan says to meet Obama on Iran swap deal

Turkish PM Erdogan said that he would have a meeting with U.S. President Obama to discuss Iran's nuclear program following the uranium swap deal.

Turkey's Erdogan says to meet Obama on Iran swap deal

 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he would have a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss Iran's nuclear program following the uranium swap deal.

During a chat with reporters in Brazil, Erdogan said he agreed with Obama during a phone conversation to meet in Canada at G20 summit late in June. Brazil's President Lula da Silva is also expected to join the meeting.

The Group of 20 nations will then gather in Toronto on June 26 and 27.

"During our phone conversation, we talked about discussing on the issue a little bit detailed," Erdogan said. "But until then will there be any steps regarding sanctions against Iran, I am not sure."

"Also, I think we cannot achieve anything with sanctions," he said.

Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed a deal in which Iran committed to give the 1,200 kg of 3.5 percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20 percent 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 in Turkey from the Vienna Group, comprising of the U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Erdogan lashed out at claims that the uranium swap cannot be completed in a year as agreed under the deal.

"Who says it? [French President] Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy. It is impossible to understand it," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said countries that have uranium enrichment programs can share it in two or three parts and deliver the enriched uranium to Turkey to be delivered to Iran. 

"This is the process," he said. "We are going on our way honestly."

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