France ready to talk Turkey-Brazil deal on Iran at IAEA

The talks would be held "on the basis of Brazilian and Turkish efforts and the response sent out by Russia, France and the United States," the spokesman said.

France ready to talk Turkey-Brazil deal on Iran at IAEA

France is ready to start talks with Iran over its nuclear programme at the International Atomic Energy Agency "without delay", French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday.

During a meeting with Medvedev, the French president said a fourth round of sanctions adopted by the U.N. Security Council this month were not aimed at punishing Iran, but at convincing the country's leaders to return to negotiations on its nuclear programme, a spokesman for Sarkozy's office said.

The talks would be held "on the basis of Brazilian and Turkish efforts and the response sent out by Russia, France and the United States," the spokesman said.

Under the agreement signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in Tehran on May 17, Iran committed to give 1,200kg 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 United States, France, Russia and IAEA, in Turkey.

France wants to revive negotiations between Iran and a group of six world powers, the spokesman said. The group includes Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

The 15-nation Security Council passed a resolution on new sanctions on Iran. The resolution was approved with 12 'yes' votes, two 'no' votes from Brazil and Turkey, and one abstention from Lebanon.

However, UN vote came despite Turkey-Brazil efforts that yielded a nuclear swap deal with Iran.

Turkey often calls for "fair" stance from global powers over nuclear activities in the region.

Israel, most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack.

Israel recently refused US and international calls to sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Haziran 2010, 17:46

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