’Fuel swap proposal is a positive step’

’Fuel swap proposal is a positive step’
# 29 May 2010 23:44 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. A former US nuclear negotiator says interaction between Iran and the United States could resolve the lack of trust and the proposal for a nuclear fuel swap is a positive step toward this end, APA reports quoting presstv.ir website.

"Harsh measures could never stop Iran’s nuclear program," former US State Department official Jacqueline Shire said in an interview with IRNA.

"I am opposed to using (a) military option against Iran and attacking its nuclear sites. I believe it won’t have any effect on Tehran’s nuclear activities… Meanwhile, it would unite (the) Iranian people against the US and endanger Washington’s interests in the region."

The Iranian and US presidents have both emphasized the necessity of interaction based on mutual respect, and this could be a good start, Shire noted, but added, "Both parties should show their honesty in their actions."

In the landmark May 17 declaration, which was signed by the foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Brazil, Iran agreed to deposit 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds) of its low-enriched uranium in Turkey that would be exchanged for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel for the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.

However, the White House later said it would continue pushing for sanctions against Iran at the UN Security Council despite the declaration, and US lawmakers have taken legislative measures to proscribe companies from doing business with Iran.
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