Iran nuclear transfer deal a `positive step`: France

French Prez Nicolas Sarkozy considers the Iran nuclear transfer deal to Turkey a "positive step".

Updated: May 18, 2010, 21:09 PM IST

Madrid: French President Nicolas Sarkozy
considers the deal under which Iran will ship much of its low
enriched uranium to Turkey a "positive step," a statement from his office said on Tuesday.

"The president of the republic believes that the transfer
of 1,200 kilogrammes of low enriched uranium from Iran is a
positive step," the statement said.

"It must be logically accompanied by a halt to (Iran`s)
20 per cent enrichment" of nuclear fuel.

Sarkozy is in the Spanish capital on Tuesday to attend a
summit between the European Union and countries of Latin
America and the Caribbean.

The foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Brazil
yesterday signed an agreement that commits Tehran to
depositing 1,200 kilograms of low enriched uranium (LEU) in
Turkey in return for fuel for a research reactor.

Most Western powers have been sceptical of the deal,
which was spearheaded by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva in a last-ditch effort to avoid a new round of UN
sanctions against Iran.