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Iran FM announces "positive signals" from Vienna group

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki announced that he has received positive signals for negotiations with the Vienna group.

In a Sunday night program on Iranian television, the Foreign Minister said: "It appears that the head of the IAEA is planning to organize a meeting with the Vienna group on the basis of Iran's letter about the exchange of nuclear fuel for Tehran's nuclear research reactor."

Iran's foreign minister added that "Iran's objective in entering negotiations with the Vienna group is determining and approving the details of the fuel exchange process for Tehran's research reactor."

Mottaki went on to defend the agreement brokered with Iran in Tehran by Turkey and Brazil in May and added that Iran welcomes the presence of Turkey and Brazil in the Vienna negotiations.

In the Tehran agreement, Iran had agreed to exchange its low-enriched uranium with high density uranium provided by Western powers on Turkish territory.

Mottaki added that "the issue of 20 percent enrichment has basically nothing to do with the tri-lateral meeting between Iran, Brazil and Turkey and we attended these negotiations focusing on exchange of 3.5 percent enriched uranium with fuel for Tehran's nuclear reactor."

Head of the Islamic Republic atomic energy, Ali Akbar Salehi and their representative at the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh had announced earlier that if Iran's nuclear fuel needs are met, they will not have to pursue 20 percent enrichment efforts.

The Islamic Republic letter to the IAEA proposes "speedy and unconditional commencement of talks about providing fuel for Tehran's reactor."

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