Turkey's PM wants support from France, S. Arabia over Iran deal

The deal has to be approved by the Vienna Group to enter into force.

Turkey's PM wants support from France, S. Arabia over Iran deal

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey expected France's support in Iran's uranium swap deal.

Erdogan, who spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the phone, conveyed his expectation from France --as UN Security Council permanent member and Vienna Group member-- to support implementation of uranium swap deal.

Erdogan said that Iran initiated the process by formally informing International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the deal today. He noted that the response of Vienna Group was very important on that stage.

Meanwhile, Sarkozy said that the deal of Turkey and Brazil was a very positive step, adding that Turkey's accepting to store uranium was a very big responsibility.

Sarkozy said that people had some concerns about the deal, adding that Iran should give up 20 percent uranium enrichment.

Erdogan also had a phone conversation with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Erdogan and King Abdullah discussed Iran's nuclear program, diplomats said.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Iran.

Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Brazil signed a deal on May 17 where Iran committed to give the 1200kg 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.

The deal has to be approved by the Vienna Group to enter into force.


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Tughluq
Tughluq - 11 yıl Before

Turkey will succeed in this mission. There is no doubt about it. Pls check this article http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=220056