Turkey's PM says Iran deal to earn all

The Turkish prime minister said on Tuesday that every country could produce enriched uranium for nuclear energy.

Turkey's PM says Iran deal to earn all

The Turkish prime minister said on Tuesday that every country could produce enriched uranium for nuclear energy.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it is the right of any country to produce enriched uranium for peaceful means and for nuclear energy.

"This is what Iran is doing right now," Erdogan told a joint press conference with South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Ankara.

With the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim on May 17, Iran committed to give the 1200kg 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 U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Turkey.

"Iran committed to write a letter to the IAEA within a week, and as you know this letter was handed over to the agency under the supervision of Turkish and Brazilian ambassadors," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said the uranium would be handed over to Turkey within a month.

Premier Erdogan said he had over one hour phone talk with U.S. President Barack Obama, and Obama appreciated the initiatives.

Erdogan said he had phone talks with executives of 11 countries including Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and sent letters to 26 countries.

"We will all gain from this process because the world has been tired of such Cold War mentalities and understandings," Erdogan also said.


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