Iran nuclear talks to continue in coming weeks

24th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2005, PARIS/TEHERAN - More talks between representatives from EU nations Germany, France and Britain and Iran on Teheran's nuclear energy programme will be held in the coming weeks, an Iranian source close to the negotiations said on Wednesday in Paris.

24 March 2005

PARIS/TEHERAN - More talks between representatives from EU nations Germany, France and Britain and Iran on Teheran's nuclear energy programme will be held in the coming weeks, an Iranian source close to the negotiations said on Wednesday in Paris.

"There will be new talks in the coming weeks," Iranian negotiator Cyrus Nasseri said following Wednesday's round of discussions in the French capital.

Nasseri noted that there had been no breakthrough in Wednesday's talks and that "each party continues to hold to its position".

The talks are aimed at convincing Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment process through economic and political incentives. Teheran has steadfastly refused, claiming it had the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful means.

The EU and the United States suspect that Iran wants to use a civilian nuclear energy programme as a cover for developing nuclear weapons.

In Teheran, a spokesman for the Iranian National Security Council told the news network Khabar that Iran would continue its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) even if the talks broke down.

The spokesman also said that the outcome of the talks would decide whether negotiations would be prolonged until June, when Iran wants to restart its suspended nuclear enrichment process.

In addition, the international deputy of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Saaidi, told the Mehr news service that promises of membership in the World Trade Organization, delivery of spare parts for Airbus passenger planes and American security assurances would not be enough incentive for Iran to drop its nuclear programme.

In fact, President Mohammad Khatami said last week that no incentive would make Teheran abandon its nuclear programme, a statement that appeared to doom the talks.

The Mehr news service said the Iranian delegation consisted of nine delegates, including United Nations envoy Mohammad-Javad Zarif, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organisation Mohammad Saaidi, former UN envoy Cyrus Nasseri and the National Security Council's Hussein Mussavian.

The EU trio is represented at the deputy foreign ministry level, Mehr reported from Paris.

DPA

Subject: German news

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