Iran-EU nuclear talks to go ahead in London

28th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2005, BRUSSELS - The European Union on Thursday confirmed that nuclear talks between Iran and Germany, France and Britain were to go ahead as scheduled in London on Friday.

28 April 2005

BRUSSELS - The European Union on Thursday confirmed that nuclear talks between Iran and Germany, France and Britain were to go ahead as scheduled in London on Friday.

EU diplomats denied reports that Berlin, Paris and London were seeking to put off the talks until after presidential elections in Iran slated for 17 June, saying that the talks would continue as scheduled and be conducted on a "higher level".

Political representatives of all three EU governments, EU officials including foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana, and top officials from Iran will attend the London talks, which follow weeks of negotiations between technical experts from both sides.

Britain, France and Germany have since December last year been spearheading efforts aimed at convincing Teheran to permanently suspend uranium enrichment in return for aid and improved economic and diplomatic relations.

Enriched uranium, although used in the process of generating nuclear power, can have weapons applications.

The United States has long accused Iran of harbouring ambitions to build nuclear weapons. Teheran however maintains that its nuclear programme, details of which were first revealed in 2003, is for peaceful purposes only.

Iran has consistently refused to permanently suspend uranium enrichment but has suspended it for the duration of the talks.

Officials said that Friday's talks would focus only on the nuclear issue; economic cooperation and wider security issues would not be on the table.

The date for the next round of talks will be set at Friday's meeting.

DPA

Subject: German news

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