Iran will answer Vienna group concerns on fuel deal: Salehi
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 20:47
Tehran: Iranian atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday that Tehran will address the concerns raised by the Vienna group regarding the fuel deal inked by the Islamic republic with Brazil and Turkey.

"Iran will answer their questions after studying their letters in detail," Salehi told ISNA news agency.

Earlier today, the United States, Russia and France -- known as the so-called Vienna Group -- gave their responses to the fuel deal to the UN atomic watchdog in separate letters titled.

That was in response to Iran's proposal on May 17 for an arrangement with Brazil and Turkey regarding the supply of fuel for a research reactor in Tehran that makes radioisotopes for medical purposes.

Iran officially informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of that deal on May 24, when the agency immediately forwarded it to the United States, France and Russia for their opinions.

"The three countries -- the US, Russia and France --have given their responses separately. They have raised some questions about the Iran-Turkey-Brazil declaration which talks of exchange of fuel," Salehi said.

Without elaborating, he said the responses of the three countries were in "contradiction to what is happening in New York."


First Published: Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 20:47

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