Iran-EU nuclear talks fail

PanARMENIAN.Net

Iran-EU nuclear talks fail
01.12.2007 15:29 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has said he is
disappointed after talks with Iran on its nuclear program, as he
prepares a report for the UN. But top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed
Jalili said the discussions were positive and more would be held.

The US and its allies are now expected to press for more sanctions on
Tehran, but Mr Jalili said such pressure would not make Iran curb its
nuclear plans.

The UN is demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment. Iran says
its program is peaceful, but some Western powers fear it is seeking to
make weapons.

The two envoys emerged after five hours of talks and spoke to the
media separately, giving dramatically different interpretations of the
outcome.

Talks between Jalili and Solana have been frequently delayed.

Mr Solana was looking for signs that the Iranians were prepared to
suspend uranium enrichment work as demanded by the UN Security
Council, but his comments after the talks suggest there has been no
progress on the issue.

"I expected more and am therefore disappointed," the EU official said.

"I will be in telephonic contact with the Iranians before the end of
December," he added, saying the envoys would meet again if
circumstances permitted.

Meanwhile Mr Jalili said the two sides had agreed to continue
negotiations and arrange another meeting next month. But he said it
was unacceptable to pressure Iran into abandoning uranium enrichment,
as it was allowed to do so under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"It is unacceptable that Iran should be deprived of its rights when it
has fulfilled its duties," he said, quoted by AFP news agency.

Further UN sanctions would not work, he added.

"Iran has removed concerns and cooperated with the IAEA [International
Atomic Energy Agency]. But if some countries want to use the UN
Security Council and its resolutions to stop Iran’s atomic work,
surely they will not be successful," he said.

The UN had earlier commissioned two reports on Iran’s nuclear program
– one from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the other
from Mr Solana.

Ahead of the talks, Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham
did say that Mr Jalili would "present new ideas and initiatives" to Mr
Solana.

However, on Wednesday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted Iran was
"a nuclear nation", adding: "After this, no-one can threaten the
Iranian nation as we have all stood united so far and [the West] did
not do anything," BBC reports

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