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09.01.2014 15:31
Turkey Denies Uranium Enrichment Plans
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was in Japan Jan. 5 for a three-day visit, and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, have signed a USD 22 billion deal on the nuclear plant project near Sinop

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Energy Minister Taner Yıldız denied Turkey had any interest in enriching uranium through the nuclear deal with Japan, claiming a demand for uranium enrichment allowance was only aimed at learning about the nuclear fuel production process.

“We don’t have any project regarding nuclear fuel and [uranium] enrichment,” Yıldız told a group of reporters on a plane flying from Japan to Singapore on Jan. 8, Anadolu Agency reported.

“There are three or four stages regarding nuclear fuel process and being involved in any of those stages or Turkey’s desire to be involved in them should not be perceived as nuclear fuel enrichment,” he said. “Enrichment is a different matter.”

Ankara reportedly demanded allowance for uranium enrichment and plutonium extraction within the framework of a USD 22 billion nuclear power plant and technology export deal inked with Tokyo, a Japanese daily reported Jan. 8, quoting a Japanese Foreign Ministry official as saying.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was in Japan Jan. 5 for a three-day visit, and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, have signed a USD 22 billion deal on the nuclear plant project.

A joint venture involving Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has won an order to construct Turkey’s second nuclear plant in the Black Sea province of Sinop.

The clause at issue allows Turkey to enrich uranium and extract plutonium, potentially creating nuclear material for weapons, according to the report.

However the Turkish Energy Minister sought to rule out those claims, saying “the text of the nuclear agreement is aimed at all transactions to be used for peaceful purposes”, Hurriyet Daily wrote.

TAGS: Turkey | Japan | Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | nuclear power | uranium enrichment | nuclear fuel | Sinop | nuclear energy 

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