Turkey's FM urges West not to speculate Iran fuel deal

Davutoglu said that three demands of the international community had been met with Iran agreement.

Turkey's FM urges West not to speculate Iran fuel deal

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday the uranium swap agreement signed by Turkey, Iran and Brazil on Monday was a step taken to overcome the lack of confidence.

Speaking at a press conference in Istanbul on Tuesday, Davutoglu said that three demands of the international community had been met with Monday's agreement.

There should not be any speculations regarding this matter, Anadolu news agency quoted Davutoglu as saying.

In the recent term, we have gone through a very active foreign policy calendar. The most important step taken recently is the agreement on the nuclear swap in Tehran. This agreement is an important step for both regional and global peace, Davutoglu said.

In the past few years, there was tension between the international community, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), P5+1 and Iran. With Monday's agreement, we have overcome the lack of confidence. By overcoming this psychological threshold, we hope to contribute to regional and global peace, Davutoglu said.

The agreement signed on Monday involves the realization of three points as demanded by the international community, Davutoglu said.

First of all, the international community wanted Iran to transfer 1,200 kilograms of uranium to a third side and this will happen. Secondly, Iran was required to transfer the 1,200 kilograms of uranium in one single transaction and this will happen. Iran has on Monday agreed to send the 1,200 kilograms of uranium in a single transaction. And, thirdly, this will be given as an advance, Davutoglu said.

Iran will give the 1,200 kilograms of uranium as advance without waiting for the Vienna group to enrich the uranium. As such, the three demands of the international community have been met. There should not be any further speculations made on the issue, Davutoglu said.

"Western concerns"


The White House has said a nuclear fuel swap agreed by Iran, Turkey and Brazil does not go far enough to allay the concerns of the US and its allies about the country's uranium enrichment programme.

The White House said on Monday that the exchange could be a "positive step", but warned that it could still face new sanctions over its "repeated failure" to meet past commitments.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said in a statement that the deal did not address some of the principal issues the US has with Iran's nuclear programme, which it says could be a cover for building atomic weapons.

"The United States and international community continue to have serious concerns," he said.

"Iran said today that it would continue its 20 per cent enrichment, which is a direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

"Furthermore, the joint declaration issued in Tehran is vague about Iran's willingness to meet with the P5+1 countries to address international concerns about its nuclear programme."

The US criticism largely mirrored that of European Union governments earlier on Monday.

A spokeswoman for Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, welcomed the deal but said that the bloc still had "serious concerns" about Iran's nuclear programme.

"If Iran has now accepted the IAEA proposal, this is welcome, but it does not solve the fundamental problem, which is that the international community has serious concerns about the peaceful intention of the Iranian nuclear programme," Maja Kocijancic, the EU spokeswoman, said.

"No uncertainty over nuclear program"


Davutoglu also said the agreement signed with Iran on the uranium swap was negotiated all the way up to commas and was written with great sensitivity.

Davutoglu said that everyone should read the agreement signed with Iran carefully.

With the agreement, the Iranian administration proved its confidence in Turkey. We will work to preserve this confidence, Davutoglu said.

Today is not the day for mutual accusations. The atmosphere should not be stirred up with negative scenarios, Davutoglu noted.

Davutoglu said that this was not the day to bring up doubts after an agreement was signed with Iran on uranium swap yesterday.

Last night, I held a phone conversation with the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and today I will talk with the permanent representatives of the U.N. Security Council. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold talks with the leaders of the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, Davutoglu stressed.

The document signed with Brazil on Monday will become an U.N. document, Davutoglu underlined.

It is everyone's right to create nuclear energy through peaceful means. The agreement signed on Monday was prepared with great sensitivity and everyone should read it carefully, Davutoglu said.

We have reached a crucial achievement by making great efforts on Iran's nuclear issue. This is the day for all sides to facilitate peace by acting with responsibility, Davutoglu said.

There is no uncertainty regarding Iran's nuclear program. There is a clear political will on the part of Iran to abide by the agreement. The agreement was also signed by Turkey and Brazil, two respectable members of the international community, Davutoglu said.

The Iranian administration proved its confidence in Turkey by signing the relevant agreement. Signing the agreement was a part of the process. We will follow-up on the process, Davutoglu said.


Agencies


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