France to consult Russia, US on Iran nuclear deal

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

France will consult Russia and the United States on a joint response to Iran's announcement that it reached a nuclear fuel deal with Turkey and Brazil, the government said Tuesday.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said France had received a copy of Iran's letter outlining the deal to the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA and that "we are going to see with Russia and the United States" about a response.

Iran on Monday officially notified the IAEA of the nuclear fuel swap deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil, under which it would ship some low enriched uranium to Turkey in return for higher grade fuel for a research reactor.

The United States, France and Russia had themselves offered to supply fuel to a research reactor in Tehran under a UN-brokered deal last October but Iran stalled on that agreement, insisting on a simultaneous swap on its own soil.

Western governments have been dismissive of the new deal, which they have said fails to address international concerns about Iran's nuclear programme.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is aimed at peaceful power production, but major powers accuse it of seeking to build a nuclear weapon.

© 2010 AFP

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