TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani lashed out at the West on Saturday for trying to dupe Iran with a proposed nuclear fuel deal, just a day after the Foreign Minister said that agreement was close. They (Western powers) say that you (Iran) must provide fuel for the Tehran reactor the way we say and, if you dont do this, we will punish you, the Mehr news agency quoted Larijani as saying. But they know this is a political swindle and that they are trying to ensure Irans enriched uranium is removed from the Islamic republic. Larijani and other Iranian officials have repeatedly criticised the proposed deal since it was first discussed in Vienna in October with France, Russia and the United States. Drafted by the UN nuclear watchdog, the deal envisages Iran sending most of its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium (LEU) abroad before receiving fuel for the Tehran reactor from France and Russia. Iranian officials have expressed concern that Western governments might welch on the deal and have called for the LEU stocks to be shipped abroad in phases as Iran receives the fuel. The comments from Larijani, a former nuclear negotiator, marked a sharp hardening of tone from remarks in Germany by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki just the previous day. With regard to discussions with the different parties, I personally believe that we have created conducive ground for such an exchange in the not very distant future, Mottaki told the Munich Security Conference on Friday. On Saturday, Mottaki said he held very good talks with the UN atomic watchdog head over a possible breakthrough deal on nuclear fuel that has been met with Western scepticism. Today, I had a very good meeting with the head of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Yukiya Amano, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference here, southern Germany, Mottaki said. He was tight-lipped however on what exactly was discussed, but reiterated comments from late Friday that Iran was serious about striking a deal and that he believed an agreement was possible in the near future. We discussed and exchanged views about a wide range of issues ... We also exchanged views about the proposal that is on the table. I tried to explain the views of the Islamic republic of Iran for the director general, he said. He said that such a deal, which would be seen as an important breakthrough in Irans standoff with the West, would be a way out of the present conditions. There are certain doubts but studies over the past few months have removed some of these doubts. There is now the political will among the parties involved for proceeding with this formula, he said. Of course the elements and mechanisms of the exchange are under consideration ... The major role will be played with the IAEA, he said. We hope the understanding for an agreement will be reached in the near future. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, whose country, seen along with fellow UN Security Council member China as less keen on more sanctions, also urged Iran to work through the UN watchdog. What we want from Iran is to verify very specific questions, raised time and again by the IAEA a long time ago, it is not a difficult thing to do, he said in Munich. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in Friday in Munich that Beijing was sticking to its position that a mutually acceptable solution to the spat could somehow be found.