Iran calls on Europe to showpatience in nuclear dispute

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8 November 2004 , TEHERAN - Iran on Monday called on the European Union to show patience in the nuclear dispute with the Islamic Republic, the news network Khabar reported. Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi made the remarks a day after Iran and the so-called EU big three - Germany, France and Britain - hammered out a provisional deal that could head off US attempts to refer Teheran's nuclear programme to the UN Security Council. We hope that the initial agreement reached in Paris will lead to final one and h

8 November 2004

TEHERAN - Iran on Monday called on the European Union to show patience in the nuclear dispute with the Islamic Republic, the news network Khabar reported.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi made the remarks a day after Iran and the so-called EU big three - Germany, France and Britain - hammered out a provisional deal that could head off US attempts to refer Teheran's nuclear programme to the UN Security Council.

We hope that the initial agreement reached in Paris will lead to final one and hence expansion of ties with the EU in all dimensions," the minister added.

Kharrazi reiterated Irans readiness for a limited suspension of uranium enrichment to increase trust within the EU and the world community.

The news agency ISNA Monday quoted the head of the Iranian delegation to the Paris talks, Hussein Mussavian, as saying membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a trade accord with the EU were Iran's main demands for making concessions in the nuclear talks.

A full-scale trade accord with Iran was suspended by the EU because of the nuclear dispute as well as Iran's human rights record and antagonistic approach towards the Middle East peace process.

Mussavian said there had been preliminary agreement on the duration of the suspension of uranium enrichment - the main demand by Paris talks participants France, Britain and Germany.

While the EU has urged Iran to fully halt uranium enrichment, Iran has reportedly only agreed to a six-month suspension.

ISNA had reported Sunday that Iran would evaluate the outcome of the nuclear talks with the EU trio in Paris on 17 November in Teheran.

Teheran said Sunday that a final decision would have to come from all the governments of all four countries involved in the Paris talks.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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