Iran still causing 'concern' despite deal: Britain

17th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Iran is still "a serious cause for concern" despite a nuclear deal between it, Turkey and Brazil, British junior foreign minister Alistair Burt said Monday.

Burt said Iran should "immediately" inform the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if it is going to ship some of its low-enriched uranium abroad in a fuel swap deal backed by Turkey and Brazil.

"Iran's actions remain a serious cause for concern, in particular its refusal to meet for discussions of its nuclear programme, or cooperate fully with the IAEA, and its decision to start enriching low enriched uranium to 20 percent," Burt added, in a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

He said that work on a sanctions resolution in the UN Security Council should continue until Iran takes "concrete actions" to meet its international obligations.

Britain is part of the so-called P5+1. It consists of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain -- plus Germany.

Iran agreed Monday to ship the bulk of its low enriched uranium abroad in a fuel swap deal backed by Turkey and Brazil.

The deal commits Iran to depositing 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of its low-enriched uranium in Turkey in return for nuclear fuel for its Tehran reactor and was signed in the Iranian capital by the foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Brazil.

Britain's new government, a coalition between the centre-right Conservatives and centrist Liberal Democrats, took power last week.

New Foreign Secretary William Hague's first trip abroad was to Washington Friday, where he met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and discussed issues including Iran.

Hague pledged that the new coalition government will work closely with the Obama administration to secure new sanctions against Iran.

© 2010 AFP

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