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"Trust gap" lies deep in U.S.-Iran nuclear standoff

English.news.cn   2010-05-21 17:52:39 FeedbackPrintRSS

by Yang Haiyun

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) --- Recent moves over Iran's nuclear development program have exposed what analysts say is a "trust gap" between the islamic republic and the West and a tough road ahead to resolve the stand-off.

Iran appeared to go some way to meeting Western demands on the issue when it signed an agreement to ship to Turkey low-enriched uranium in return for nuclear fuel rods on Monday. But the United States handed the UN Security Council a draft resolution on expanding UN sanctions against Iran the following day.

Under the nuclear fuel swap deal, Iran will deposit 1,200 kg of its 3.5 percent low-enriched uranium in Turkey. In return, Tehran will get fuel rods containing 20 percent high-enriched uranium for a medical research reactor.

The agreement was widely praised as positive. But the White House has insisted it will not change steps to seek sanctions against Iran.

The draft resolution put forward Tuesday targets Iran's banking and other industries.

Editor: Liu

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