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Iran: No nuclear swap deal without support of Western powers
Sun May 23, 2010 00:17
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Iran: No nuclear swap deal without support of Western powers
Tehran vows to hand IAEA details on Monday on agreement with Brazil and Turkey to ship part of stock of enriched uranium abroad in exchange for reactor fuel.
By Haaretz Service and News Agencies

Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani warned that the Islamic country would cancel the nuclear fuel swap deal it had recently signed with Turkey and Brazil if Western powers did not endorse it, Israel Radio reported Saturday.

Larijani said that the Iranian parliament backed the agreement; however, if the Western powers continued to refuse their support or threaten the country with further sanctions, he would withdraw his initial support.

The deal, in which Iran will send some of its enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel rods for a Tehran medical research reactor, has failed to ease concerns in the West where there are fears that Tehran will continue to enrich uranium to higher levels.

Under the agreement, the first batch of Iran's uranium would arrive in Turkey within a month.
Earlier, Iran said it intended to go ahead with the deal despite a new sanctions resolution against Tehran pending at the UN, an Iranian parliamentarian said on Saturday.

"Iran is committed to the vows that it made and wants to make them operational and will submit its letter to International Atomic Energy Agency," Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of parliament's Foreign Affairs and National Security Committee, was quoted as saying by semi-official news agency ISNA.

"The Americans' propaganda will not have any effect on Iran's decision ... We advise those countries who want to issue this resolution against Iran not to be manipulated by America."

Earlier Saturday, Turkey's prime minister said he was seeking international support for the deal, as Iran prepares to hand an official letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency chief on Monday about the nuclear fuel swap agreement with Brazil and Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said Saturday he has written to the leaders of 26 countries saying the deal would resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran by way of diplomacy and negotiation. The countries include all permanent and non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

Leaders of the three countries announced the agreement, under which Iran will send some of its enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel rods for a Tehran medical research reactor, this past Monday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Istanbul on Friday he hoped the deal would open the way to a negotiated settlement of Iran's row with the West over its nuclear program.
"After the joint announcement of Iran, Turkey and Brazil, Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency announced the country's readiness to submit the letter to the agency," IRNA reported.

"In a meeting with the agency's chief Yukiya Amano on Monday, Iran will hand over the letter," the news agency added.
Such an arrangement was first discussed last October as a way to cut Iran's uranium stockpile below the minimum that would be needed for a nuclear weapon if enriched to a high fissile purity - and buy time for more negotiations.
Turkey and Brazil - both currently non-permanent members of the UN Security Council - and Iran have urged a halt to talk of further sanctions because of the deal, but Western powers suspect it is an Iranian tactic to avert or delay sanctions.
But the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, after months of negotiations, agreed a draft resolution on a new set of sanctions against Iran that Washington handed to the Security Council on Tuesday.

The new, extended sanctions would target Iranian banks and call for inspection of vessels suspected of carrying cargo related to Iran's nuclear or missile programs.
Iranian officials have dismissed the draft resolution as lacking legitimacy, and rejected international demands that it suspend enrichment.

Erdogan sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday that described the uranium swap deal as opening the door for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff with Iran.

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Report: US drops opposition to Russian interceptor sale to Iran
(source: Monsters and Critics)
Saturday, May 22, 2010

The United States will not stand in the way of Russia's planned sale of modern missile defence systems to Iran, even as the two nations consider new sanctions against Iran, reported the New York Times Saturday.

According to the newspaper, allowing the sale was one of the conditions upon which the US had to agree in order to get Russia to agree to the new round of sanctions, which are designed to force Iran to be open about its nuclear ambitions.

The decision was struck Friday, reported the newspaper, three days after Russia and the US had agreed with other Security Council members upon the sanctions. The move is also seen as another sign of efforts by Washington to build closer ties to Russia.

Russian officials had previously told the Interfax news agency that the proposed resolution has 'no bearing' on Tehran's order for S-300 interceptors.

Up until now, Russia has delayed delivery of the system to Iran in deference to US objections, reported the New York Times.

The missile defence system could be used to protect Iranian nuclear facilities from possible attacks.

http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/10142

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Turkey seeks support for Iran deal
(source: AP)
Saturday, May 22, 2010

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's prime minister is seeking international support for a deal under which Iran would ship much of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says Saturday he has written to the leaders of 26 countries saying the deal would resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran by way of diplomacy and negotiation. The countries include all permanent and non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

The deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil last week has failed to ease concerns in the West where there are fears that Tehran will continue to enrich uranium to higher levels.

The U.S. introduced a resolution this week calling for a series of economic and trade restrictions, after winning support from China and Russia.

http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/10141

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Security Council doesn’t practice what it preaches: Rafsanjani
(source: Tehran Times)
Saturday, May 22, 2010

TEHRAN – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said the behavior of the permanent members of the UN Security Council toward a nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran, Turkey and Brazil goes against their claims.

According to the Tehran declaration which was signed on May 17, Iran has agreed to ship 1200 kilograms of its LEU to Turkey in exchange for nuclear fuel for Tehran research reactor.

The initiative was not well-received by the permanent members of the Security Council and they approved the draft of a new sanctions resolution against Iran.

“Certainly this was not a becoming move by the countries who claim to be the upholder of the law and civilization,” Rafsanjani said during an Expediency Council session on Saturday.

Iran’s initiative was a positive move, but the permanent members of the Security Council did not respond properly to the move and it puts their goodwill in question, Rafsanjani, the Expediency Council chairman, said.

“The hostile countries led by the U.S. should have welcomed Iran’s diplomatic move … and should have not taken unprincipled and unethical measures,” he opined.

If their action is a tactic of psychological warfare, they should know that Iran will not give up its rights under psychological pressure, threat or intimidation, he noted.

“They should choose negotiation and interaction rather than taking hostile and unethical actions which certainly will prove costly for the region and the world,” he added.

http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/index.php?q=node/10143

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=219894

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