Turkey's FM says Iran nuclear deal 'a test' for Vienna Group

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the discussion topic should be Vienna Group's response to Iran, not sanctions.

Turkey's FM says Iran nuclear deal 'a test' for Vienna Group

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the discussion topic should be Vienna Group's response to Iran, not sanctions.

At a joint press conference with his Brazilian and Spanish counterparts following the second day of the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Davutoglu said, "now we have to look ahead."

Davutoglu said Turkey and Brazil's efforts were aimed at defusing tension and paving the way for a diplomatic solution to reach a final settlement in Iran's nuclear program.

"This is a test for all of us whether we will solve problems through conflict or negotiation. As Turkey and Brazil, we convinced Iran to use diplomatic means. Tehran deal was reached thanks to flexible policies by Iranian administration," he said.

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed a deal where 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).

Recalling that Iran has fulfilled its responsibility to send a letter to IAEA, Davutoglu said that it was now time to talk about diplomacy to move forward.

"Yes, this is a success achieved by Turkey and Brazil but it is also a result of U.S. President Barack Obama's policy of engagement and many-sidedness," he added.


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