Iran to hand response to IAEA: Turkish minister

Iran will on Monday hand its response to the UN atomic watchdog addressing concerns about a nuclear fuel swap deal inked in May, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday.

Istanbul: Iran will on Monday hand its
response to the UN atomic watchdog addressing concerns about a nuclear fuel swap deal inked in May, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday.

The announcement came after Davutoglu held three-way talks with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amarim in Istanbul to discuss
the Islamic republic`s nuclear programme.

"Mottaki told us that Iran would convey a letter
Monday morning" to Yukiya Amano, the chief of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Davutoglu
told reporters here.

The letter would be a response to the questions
raised by the Vienna group -- the United States, Russia and
France -- on the nuclear fuel swap deal brokered by Turkey and
Brazil on May 17 and a request to start technical
negotiations, he added.

"The important (thing) is to answer the letter of
the Vienna group in a positive spirit and ask... to start with
technical negotiations," Davutoglu said.

The Vienna group had passed its response on the
deal to Iran on June 9, just hours before the UN Security
Council slapped fresh sanctions on Tehran for refusing to halt
its uranium enrichment.

Under the fuel swap deal, which was cold-shouldered
by world powers, Iran agreed to send 1,200 kilogrammes of its
low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Turkey to be supplied at a later
date with high-enriched uranium by Russia and France.

PTI

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