Iran accuses EU of keeping it in dark over talks

20th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 June 2005, TEHRAN - Tehran on Sunday blamed the European Union for keeping Iran in the dark on its proposal to solve the dispute over Iran's controversial nuclear programme. "The Europeans have neither presented us with any proposal nor did they inform us what they are planning to do," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told reporters in Tehran. In the latest nuclear talks last month in Geneva, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany promised Iran that they would come up with a proposal by the

20 June 2005

TEHRAN - Tehran on Sunday blamed the European Union for keeping Iran in the dark on its proposal to solve the dispute over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.

"The Europeans have neither presented us with any proposal nor did they inform us what they are planning to do," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told reporters in Tehran.

In the latest nuclear talks last month in Geneva, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany promised Iran that they would come up with a proposal by the end of July or beginning of August to settle the dispute.

"We will no longer tolerate the delay tactics by the Europeans and consider the latest date set (July/August) as the last chance for settling the issue," Kharrazi warned.

"Although we will stick to our commitment of suspending nuclear activities, we cannot afford to do this in an open-ended fashion," the minister added.

On Friday, Kharrazi termed the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iranian scientists experimenting with plutonium as "nothing new".

ISNA news agency quoted the foreign minister as saying that Iran had already informed the IAEA, and was ready to give further details if required.

He termed the issue as "quite solvable" and vowed continued cooperation with the IAEA in all related fields.

The IAEA had said on Thursday that Iranian scientists were still experimenting with substances containing plutonium as late as 1998.

DPA

Subject: German news

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