Iran urges US, Russia to back nuclear fuel deal

Iran`s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged the United States and Russia Wednesday to back a nuclear fuel deal, warning it would be the last "opportunity" to resolve the atomic standoff.

Last Updated: May 26, 2010, 16:04 PM IST

Tehran: Iran`s hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged the United States and Russia Wednesday to back a nuclear fuel deal, warning it would be the last "opportunity"
to resolve the atomic standoff.

"The Tehran declaration (on a fuel swap) is the best
opportunity. We took an important step and said something very
important. There are no excuses left," Ahmadinejad said in a
televised speech, addressing US and Russian leaders.
US President Barack Obama "should bear in mind that if he
does not use this opportunity, Iranians are unlikely to give
him a new chance," he said, as world powers mulled new sanctions against Iran despite the fuel deal brokered by Brazil and Turkey earlier this month.

Western governments have been dismissive of the
agreement, arguing that the international community needs to
keep up the pressure on Tehran to heed UN Security Council
demands over its nuclear programme.

PTI