EU talks to resume with Iran on nuclear program

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25 October 2004 , BERLIN - Negotiations between the European Union and Iran over Teheran's nuclear progamme will resume later this week, a German official said Monday. "We are going into talks with realism but also with a constructive attitude," said Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's chief spokesman, Walter Lindner. He did not say exactly when this week's meeting would take place. Iranian officials termed proposals from last week's Vienna round with officials from European Union states Germany, Britain an

25 October 2004

BERLIN - Negotiations between the European Union and Iran over Teheran's nuclear progamme will resume later this week, a German official said Monday.

"We are going into talks with realism but also with a constructive attitude," said Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's chief spokesman, Walter Lindner. He did not say exactly when this week's meeting would take place.

Iranian officials termed proposals from last week's Vienna round with officials from European Union states Germany, Britain and France as "unbalanced" but have said they want to continue dialogue.

The 25-nation EU is reportedly offering a civilian light-water nuclear power reactor, nuclear fuel and a trade deal in a bid to win pledges from Iran to give up its bid to enrich uranium which can be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Iranian officials said at the weekend that a uranium enrichment facility is nearing completion.

Lindner said Berlin hoped upcoming talks would be used by Teheran to show it was willing to halt uranium enrichment and to propose new confidence-building measures.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran must halt its uranium enrichment programme by 25 November, when the agency is due to make a final decision whether Teheran is complying IAEA rules.

American officials says Iran is hiding a nuclear weapon programme and have urged the IAEA, which is part of the United Nations, to refer the case to the UN Security Council, where Iran could face sanctions.

DPA

Subject: German news

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