Lavrov, Clinton discuss Iran nuclear problem over phone
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a phone conversation over a draft U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran's nuclear issue, said the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday, Xinhua reported.
"There was an exchange of opinions on the situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program in the context of U.N. Security Council work on a draft resolution against Iran and the prospects for implementing the fuel swap for the Tehran research reactor," said a statement published on the ministry website.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko on Thursday reiterated Russia's support for the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to clarify all aspects of Iran's nuclear program and to ensure its full cooperation on the remaining questions.
An agreement signed between Iran, Brazil and Turkey on May 17 in Teheran allows Iran to transfer 1,200 kg of its 3.5-percent enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 120 kg of 20-percent enriched uranium needed for the Teheran research reactor.
However, the swap deal did not stop world powers from preparing a draft U.N. resolution to tighten sanctions against Iran.