Turkey urges world to support Iran nuclear deal

18th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday appealed to the world community to support a deal under which Iran will ship much of its low enriched uranium to Turkey.

"There is a unique chance before us and I believe that we should take this chance," Erdogan told a press conference in Madrid.

"I urge the international community to support this final declaration which is going to have a very positive impact on the establishment of world peace in the future."

The foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Brazil on Monday signed an agreement that commits Tehran to depositing 1,200 kilogrammes (2,640 pounds) of low enriched uranium (LEU) in Turkey in return for fuel for a research reactor.

Most Western powers have been sceptical of the deal, which was spearheaded by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a last-ditch effort to avoid a new round of UN sanctions against Iran.

The United States has said it will not halt efforts for a new set of sanctions against Iran.

And as Erdogan was speaking, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in Washington that the United States, Russia and China have reached agreement on a "strong draft" UN resolution on sanctions against Iran.

Erdogan condemned those "mistrusting" countries who are sceptical of the deal reached in Tehran and warned that any sanctions would be "unimposable."

"I have to underline one fact, that the ones who are mistrustful of this process are not the ones who are living in the region. We are the ones living in the region and we know how fearful it could become to have weapons in the regions."

He also charged that those countries who "are speaking against nuclear weapons unfortunately are the ones still possessing nuclear weapons... Are we speaking about the law of supremacy or are we talking about the rule of law and the supremacy of the law?"

He said that "through negotiations and through positive diplomacy Iran can sit around the table and actually we can reach a consensus within the framework of internationally accepted rules of diplomacy."

© 2010 AFP

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