Iran-Turkey nuclear deal does not resolve dispute: France

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An accord signed between Iran and Turkey on uranium enrichment does not resolve the underlying dispute between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear programme, France declared Monday.

France, which has taken the lead in demanding new UN sanctions on Iran, warned that Tehran's agreement to send nuclear fuel to Turkey to be enriched to fuel its medical research reactor was a possible distraction.

"Let's not be duped by this," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. "A solution for the medical reactor, while necessary, would in no way resolve the problem posed by the Iranian nuclear programme.

"The exchange of uranium that is envisaged amounts to a confidence gesture, a side issue," he told reporters.

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