EU fails in attempts to end Iran nuclear standoff

30th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2006, BRUSSELS - European Union governments Monday issued a new warning on reporting Iran's nuclear programme to the United Nations Security Council after talks between Iranian and European diplomats in Brussels failed to produce any change in Tehran's tough stance.

30 January 2006

BRUSSELS - European Union governments Monday issued a new warning on reporting Iran's nuclear programme to the United Nations Security Council after talks between Iranian and European diplomats in Brussels failed to produce any change in Tehran's tough stance.

Iranian officials had made "no new proposals" to end the current nuclear standoff with the international community, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters.

"There is nothing new...no new proposals have been made," Steinmeier told reporters at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

As a result the situation had not changed and the EU would work on trying to forge a consensus in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on referring Tehran to the United Nations Security Council, he said.

An EU statement said the bloc would "closely coordinate and work for the forthcoming extraordinary meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna to involve the UN Security Council."

This would "reinforce the authority of the IAEA," the statement said. Officials said contacts were under way with Russia and China, which are permanent members of the Security Council and have so far not given full support to Iran's referral to the body.

The new EU move came after a delegation of Iranian officials met diplomats from Germany, France and Britain as part of the European trio's long-standing - but so far unsuccessful - efforts to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

The talks came to a halt last summer after Iran resumed nuclear activities at the Isfahan plant, a move which the EU said was contrary to its international commitments.

The EU and the United States contend that Tehran's nuclear programme may be a smokescreen for developing nuclear weapons, a charge that Iran vehemently denies.

DPA

Subject: German news

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