Iran: "Any nuclear swap must be based on Brazil-Turkey deal"
Iran said yesterday that any nuclear fuel swap with the major powers must be based on an agreement it signed with Brazil and Turkey, dismissing reports that a revised proposal is on the table. "If the Vienna group is ready for negotiation over the fuel swap... it would be based only on the framework defined in the Tehran Declaration," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told state news agency IRNA. Mottaki was reacting to reports that the six major powers that have been seeking to allay international concerns over Iran's nuclear program have been drawing up a new fuel swap deal to replace one proposed last year. Iran and the major powers are set to hold fresh nuclear talks later this month after a year-long hiatus. The world powers want the talks to focus on Iran's overall nuclear program.