Iran Hit By Fresh UN Nuclear Sanctions Threat

After months of deadlock, suddenly the diplomatic confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme has burst back into life. On Monday, Iran signed a deal with Brazil and Turkey, under which a large part of Iran's stocks of enriched uranium would be shipped to Turkey in exchange for new fuel for a Tehran research reactor. It was widely seen as a last-ditch effort by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deflect pressure for fresh sanctions, a diplomatic coup possibly enabling him to slip out of the encircling net.