EU-3 ready to resume nuclear talks with Iran

28th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2005, BARCELONA - The European Union has told Iran it is ready to restart nuclear negotiations as soon as possible, E.U. diplomats said Sunday.

28 November 2005

BARCELONA - The European Union has told Iran it is ready to restart nuclear negotiations as soon as possible, E.U. diplomats said Sunday.

Ambassadors from the E.U. trio - Britain, France and Germany - which are seeking to re-engage Iran in nuclear talks had delivered a letter to the Iranian government signalling a readiness to resume negotiations suspended this summer, E.U. diplomats told Deutsche Presse Agentur.

Details of the letter were not available but E.U. diplomats said the bloc wanted negotiations with Iran to resume "as soon as possible".

Earlier reports said the talks could resume on December 6.

The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last week called on Iran to restart the stalled talks with E.U. trio and to accept a proposal from Moscow to enrich uranium in Russia.

Failure to do so would mean a referral of the Iranian nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council, the international nuclear watchdog warned.

The Russian compromise proposal, backed by the E.U., the United States and the IAEA would allow uranium for an Iranian civilian nuclear programme to be enriched on Russian territory.

The move is expected to allay U.S. and European fears that Iran is pursuing a covert nuclear weapons programme. But in a break with the past it would mean acknowledgement of Iran's right to develop peaceful nuclear technology.

Nuclear talks between the E.U. and Iran - under which Tehran would be offered trade and aid benefits in return for a permanent suspension of its nuclear programme - broke down in August after Iran restarted work on nuclear enrichment at a plant in Isfahan.

DPA

Subject: German news

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