West skeptic about new Iran nuclear fuel deal
18 May 2010
The West reacts skeptically on the agreement sealed by Iran, Brazil and Turkey concerning the exchange of Iran’s low-enriched uranium with high density uranium exported from the West. Earlier negotiations last October with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) members reached an impasse when Iran refused to make the exchange outside Iranian territory. Yesterday Iran agreed to make the exchange in Turkey but EU officials claim the agreement is not a fundamental solution for their concerns.
Catherine Ashton, head of EU foreign policy, said that the final decision on this agreement has to come from the IAEA. She added that “Iran’s lack of cooperation and disrespect for the earlier resolutions” are cause for the European Union to persist on stepping up pressure on the Islamic Republic. France welcomed the agreement but insisted that the IAEA should decide on the merits of the agreement. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the agreement was “a positive step”, but added that Iran must still make clear that its nuclear program is peaceful “or face consequences including sanctions.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman announced that “within a week, the letter of fuel exchange will be written for the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
source: Radio Zamaneh
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