Turkey Vows to Press Forward With Iran Nuclear Fuel Swap

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey and Brazil will continue to push for a deal with Iran to swap part of its nuclear material despite new UN sanctions.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday Turkey and Brazil would continue to press for a deal with Iran to swap part of its nuclear material despite new U.N. sanctions against Tehran.

Western powers voiced deep misgivings about a plan brokered by Brazil and Turkey for Iran to send abroad 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium in return for reactor fuel, and supported a fourth round of sanctions this month.

Iran nuclear plant in Bushehr, AP
Technicians measuring parts of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant in this undated photo.AP

Turkey and Brazil voted against the resolution. Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said on Monday he still hoped an earlier outline agreement could serve as the basis for further talks with Tehran.