'Sanctions signal evil intentions'

Ambassador says Iran will change uranium deal if sanctions imposed.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
May 25, 2010 12:50
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Ahmadinejad, Erdogan, Da Silva et al. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mahmoud Reza Sadjadi said Tuesday that Teheran would change its nuclear fuel swap deal if more sanctions are imposed upon it by world powers, Reuters reported.

Sadjadi was quoted as saying , "If there are new sanctions, it will become obvious to the Iranian public that the '5 + 1' group is hiding evil intentions and pursuing political objectives. This would force us to revise the Tehran accords."

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Earlier Tuesday, a Western diplomat speaking anonymously has referred to the proposed uranium fuel agreement between Iran, Turkey and Brazil as technically flawed.


AFP quoted the diplomat as saying, "Getting this fuel in one year is impossible. It takes at least one and a half years to have this." He added, "There is something tricky there, but we will see in a year. It is still too early."

The anonymous diplomat's comments came after Iran formally submitted the fuel swap deal to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.

Seeking to evade new UN sanctions, Iran submitted its plan on Monday to swap some of its enriched uranium for reactor fuel and said the onus was on world powers to defuse tensions by accepting the deal.

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