U.S. officials are emphasizing that the nuclear swap agreement will need to be examined by the international community, specifically the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “It remains to see, and this is what we will be working through in coming days, what does this actually represent. There are those who might characterize this as a breakthrough. I think we remain skeptical that this represents anything fundamentally new.”
As for consultations on the nuclear fuel exchange, White House spokesman Gibbs said President Obama has not had any new discussions with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev or with the leaders of Turkey and Brazil. State Department spokesman Crowley told reporters said the United States would be talking with Turkey and Brazil in the coming days.
According to the IAEA, the amount of enriched uranium Iran would send to Turkey under the agreement would be a little more than half of Iran’s existing stockpile.
The United States and its key allies say Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at developing atomic weapons to the region. Iran’s government maintains that its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful purposes only.