Iran fuel swap could take place in Turkey

Nov 30, -0001
ANKARA: A fuel swap under discussion as a way of ending a stand-off over Iran's nuclear programme could take place in Turkey, Turkish television channels said on Sunday.

They said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had decided to go to Tehran on Sunday to take part in talks on Iran's nuclear programme after the possibility of using Turkey as a location for the fuel swap was included in a draft agreement.

A U.N.-backed deal offered Iran last October to ship 1,200 kg (2,646 lb) of its low enriched uranium -- enough for a single bomb if purified to a high enough level -- to Russia and France to make into fuel for a Tehran research reactor.

Iran later said it would only swap its LEU for higher grade material and only on its own soil, conditions other parties in the deal said were unacceptable.

Iran denies western accusations its nuclear programme is designed to produce nuclear bombs. AGENCIES





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