EU prepared to re-enter negotiations with Iran

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12 August 2005, BRUSSELS - The European Union is prepared to re-enter negotiations with Tehran over Iran's nuclear programme, said a source close to E.U. foreign policy commissioner Javier Solana on Friday in Brussels.

12 August 2005

BRUSSELS - The European Union is prepared to re-enter negotiations with Tehran over Iran's nuclear programme, said a source close to E.U. foreign policy commissioner Javier Solana on Friday in Brussels.

Another source, a spokesman for the E.U. Commission, said further that "it is in the interests of everyone if Iran agrees to the resolution by the U.N. nuclear authorities and returns to the negotiating table."

"We will find a solution if Iran reacts positively," the Commission spokesman said.

The governments of Germany, France and Britain, entrusted by the E.U. to negotiate with Iran, threatened in early August to break off negotiations should Iran recommence uranium enrichment.

"It seems that the E.U. will wait till the beginning of September," the foreign policy source said, adding that the E.U. would decide on an end to negotiations after the presentation of a September 3 report from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Director Mohammed ElBaradei.

On Wednesday, Iran reopened a key nuclear facility Isfahan, announced plans for uranium conversion and broke seals put in place by the IAEA. A November 2004 agreement with the European Union required Iran suspend uranium enrichment.

On Thursday, the IAEA's 35-member governing board unanimously passed a resolution in Vienna demanding that Iran stop the activities at Isfahan and return to its agreement with the E.U.

DPA

Subject: German news

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