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Iran 'manipulated' Turkey, Brazil in nuclear deal: Israel
by Staff Writers
Jerusalem (AFP) May 17, 2010

IAEA must rule on Iran-Turkey nuclear deal: France
Paris (AFP) May 17, 2010 - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday that the United Nations' nuclear watchdog must be the first body to respond to Iran's agreement to send its nuclear fuel to Turkey for enrichment. Kouchner cautiously welcomed Iran's agreement to send lightly enriched uranium to Turkey, but added that he had not seen the text of the accord. "It's not up to us to respond, it's up to the International Atomic Energy Agency," Kouchner told AFP and Radio France Internationale. The deal could allow Tehran to avert a new round of UN sanctions that have been for months at the centre of tough negotiations between the global powers, but Kouchner noted that these talks had made progress.

"Some important progress has been made over the past two days on the UN resolution," at the Security Council, Kouchner added. "I am happy that there has been this accord" between Iran, Brazil and Turkey, he said before praising "our Turkish and Brazilian friends who showed tenacity" in their talks with Tehran. Turkey said there was no need for talk of further sanctions following the deal to ship the low-grade uranium to Turkey in exchange for nuclear fuel for a Tehran reactor. Under the agreement, Iran will deposit 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of its lightly enriched uranium in Turkey within a month and would then receive 120 kilograms of fuel for the Tehran research reactor within a year. Iran is already under three sets of UN sanctions for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment, which the West suspects is part of a covert nuclear weapons programme. Tehran denies the claim and maintains its nuclear programme is for peaceful civilian use.

A senior Israeli official on Monday accused Iran of having "manipulated" Turkey and Brazil over a deal to ship part of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel for its Tehran reactor.

"The Iranians have manipulated Turkey and Brazil," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The Iranians have already pulled off such a trick in the past -- by pretending to accept such a procedure to lower tensions and reduce the risk of harsher international sanctions, then refusing to follow through," he said.

Top diplomats from Iran, Brazil and Turkey on Monday inked a deal under which Iran will ship 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of low enriched uranium to Turkey, and in turn will receive 120 kg of nuclear fuel for its Tehran reactor.

The agreement was signed in Tehran following three-way talks between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The move looks set to ease pressure on Iran, which has been facing a growing threat of new UN sanctions over its controversial atomic programme.

Shortly after the deal was signed, Turkey said it saw "no need" for further UN sanctions against Iran.

"This agreement should be regarded positively and there is no need for sanctions now that we (Turkey and Brazil) have made guarantees and the low enriched uranium will remain in Turkey," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said.

The Israeli official said the fuel swap arrangement would "radically complicate" efforts by world powers looking to rein in Iran's nuclear programme by means of sanctions.

"It is going to be much more difficult for the United States or the Europeans to reject this arrangement because we won't be only dealing with Iran, which is much easier to handle, but with rising powers, such as Brazil and Turkey, with whom relations are very sensitive," he said.

Turkey and Brazil are both non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Once flourishing relations between Israel and Turkey, its only ally in the Muslim world, deteriorated sharply after Israel launched its devastating 22-day Gaza offensive in December 2008 and have remained testy since.

Israel public radio, quoting senior officials, said the three-way initiative "would aggravate the Iranian problem by complicating US and European efforts to achieve a vote in favour of sanctions".

"The Iranian nuclear installations are going to continue working and Tehran will pursue its efforts to obtain a military nuclear programme while developing long-range missiles," it said.

So far, Ankara and Brasilia have resisted US-led efforts to push through further sanctions over Iran's failure to suspend its sensitive uranium enrichment activities.

Israel, the region's sole if undeclared nuclear-armed state, has long viewed Iran as its greatest strategic threat because of Tehran's nuclear programme and its leaders' repeated predictions of the demise of the Jewish state.

Like its close ally the United States, Israel has refused to rule out military action to halt Iran's nuclear drive despite Tehran's insistence that its programme is purely for civilian purposes.


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