Nuclear deal clarified Iranian intentions: Kouchner
Iran`s nuclear deal with Brazil and Turkey served to clarify that Tehran intends to continue enriching uranium.
Istanbul: Iran`s nuclear deal with Brazil
and Turkey does not go far enough but at least it served to
clarify that Tehran intends to continue enriching uranium,
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said.
Kouchner, who met with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet
Davutoglu in Istanbul yesterday, said he received a detailed
account of the 18-hour nuclear talks in Tehran last week
involving Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and their
The three-way negotiations were seen by the West as a
last-ditch effort for Tehran to avoid proposed UN sanctions
over its insistence on enriching uranium to 20 per cent
The talks concluded with an Iranian agreement to ship
about half of its low-grade uranium to Turkey in return for
enriched uranium from the West to fuel a Tehran reactor.
But Kouchner noted that Iran was still courting sanctions
because it had not pledged to stop enrichment.
"I cannot but note that shortly after ... they signed,
there was the Iranian declaration on the continuation of
enrichment," Kouchner told reporters in Istanbul.
He said the agreement had "clarified a little" Iran`s
position on the nuclear issue.
Hours after the deal was sealed on May 17, Iranian
foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters:
"Of course, the 20 per cent enrichment will continue in
our own country."