Iran to West: Accept nuke deal as is

Larijani: Extra demands mean deal is off; as will sanctions by UNSC.

May 22, 2010 21:16
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Ali Larijani, Speaker of Iran's parliament

Ali Larijani, Speaker of Iran's parliament. (photo credit: AP)

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned on Saturday that Iran would not abide by the agreement to send much of its enriched uranium to Turkey for further enrichment, if the G5+1 powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program do not approve it in its entirety.

If the powers: the US, UK, France, Russia and China seek to lay any further conditions on Iran beyond those negotiated with Brazil and Turkey, Larijani said, Teheran would withdraw from the deal.

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"It will not be compatible with the Teheran Declaration if they have extra demands and pursue deception," he was quoted as saying by Australia’s Herald Sun.

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Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohammad Reza Bahonar said earlier on Saturday, Iran would abandon the fuel deal if the UN Security Council approves the fourth round of sanctions against Iran currently under consideration.

Meanwhile Staurday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, on a visit to Istanbul, praised Turkey and Brazil for helping to "clarify" the situation on the Iranian nuclear issue, by negotiating the uranium exchange deal.

Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Kouchner said, however, the agreement was only "a partial answer" to the demands put to Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Does this prevent the Security Council resolution, I don't think so. Does it speed it up? Maybe. But I am sure of one thing, it clarifies things a little," he said.

Earlier Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office announced he had written to the leaders of 26 countries, including all permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, seeking their support for the deal.

Iran will submit an official letter to the IAEA on Monday morning conveying its acceptance of the uranium enrichment deal brokered by Turkey and Iran, state-run news agency IRNA reported on Friday, citing a statement by the country's National Security Council.

Hilary Leila Krieger and E.B. Solomont contributed to this report.

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