A sceptical international community remains unconvinced by news that Tehran has struck a deal with Brazil and Turkey over its nuclear programme.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog the IAEA says its reserving judgement until it sees the details of the agreement. Apparently it includes provision for Iran to send its uranium abroad for enrichment.
Moscow however, applauded the efforts of Brazil and Turkey to broker a diplomatic solution to the atomic standoff.
President Dmitry Medvedev said: “Probably further consultations will be needed with the participation of all parties. It is necessary to hold such consultations urgently with all major powers involved. One question remains: will Iran itself enrich uranium?”
Suspicions that Tehran’s compliance is aimed at splitting international support for fresh UN sanctions reflects the lack of western confidence in the deal.
Iran has not said it will stop enrichment all together which means its scientists still have the potential to develop nuclear weapons. That’s something the Iranian government denies it is doing.