'Breakthrough' in Iran nuclear talks

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'Breakthrough' in Iran nuclear talks

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A possible breakthrough in Iran’s nuclear stand-off has been announced by Iranian, Turkish and Brazilian negotiators.

The reported agreement would involve Iran sending its low enriched uranium to Turkey to be made into fuel for an Iranian research reactor.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has flown to Tehran with the Iranian and Brazilian presidents. Before leaving, he said:

“I’m going there because I’ve heard a clause will be added to the proposal which says the fuel swap will take place in Turkey. Otherwise our foreign minister would have stayed there for the talks.”

Iran had rejected a previous UN-backed plan to have its uranium sent to France and Russia.

Brazil’s President Lula and Prime Minister Erdogan offered to mediate in the dispute, in which Iran denies claims by Western powers that it is seeking to build nuclear weapons.

These talks are seen as a last resort before a fourth round of UN sanctions on Tehran.

According to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, a formal announcement on the new deal may come later today.