Iran to forward nuclear agreement to IAEA on Monday: Report

Iran will forward its nuclear agreement with Brazil and Turkey to the IAEA on Monday.

Tehran: Iran will forward its nuclear agreement with Brazil and Turkey to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday, state television network IRIB reported on Saturday.

Tehran agreed on Monday to ship its low—enriched uranium (LEU) to Turkey for storage until it receives medium—enriched uranium fuel for its medical reactor.

The agreement was based on a plan put forward in October by the IAEA, to have Iranian uranium enriched in Russia and processed into fuel in France.

Negotiations on the IAEA plan broke down when Tehran insisted on exchanging its LEU on Iranian soil for processed fuel.

Brazil and Turkey brokered the new compromise to store the fuel in Turkey.

Despite the proposed agreement, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have prepared a resolution for renewed sanctions against Iran.

The five, including Iran’s allies China and Russia, reached agreement on a “strong draft” of the resolution, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Tuesday.

Iran’s atomic chief Ali—Akbar Salehi said Iran would send the nuclear agreement, “plus a letter by the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” to the IAEA despite renewed threats of sanctions.

If the IAEA and the Vienna group — the United States, Russia and France — approve the agreement, Iran would send 1.2 tons of its LEU to Turkey within a month.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that the world powers should agree to the proposed Turkish solution, or the dispute would remain deadlocked for years.

The uranium—exchange deal would not settle all aspects of the dispute over Iran’s enrichment programme, but is considered a first possible step for a breakthrough.

Iran rejects Western charges that it has been working on a secret programme to make an atomic bomb, and insists on its right to pursue peaceful nuclear development.

Tehran has warned that it may revise its commitment to the Nuclear Non—Proliferation Treaty, and reverse its cooperation with the IAEA, if punished again by UN resolutions and sanctions.

Bureau Report

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