Iran ready to resume negotiations with EU trio

12th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 October 2005, PARIS - One day after Iran said it was ready to resume unconditional negotiations with Europe on its nuclear energy programme, the French government on Wednesday urged Tehran to come forward with "constructive proposals".

12 October 2005

PARIS - One day after Iran said it was ready to resume unconditional negotiations with Europe on its nuclear energy programme, the French government on Wednesday urged Tehran to come forward with "constructive proposals".

"The international community is now waiting for constructive proposals by the Iranian authorities within the framework of its obligations in the matter of non-proliferation (of nuclear weapons)," French foreign affairs spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said in Paris.

"We are open to the continuation of discussions with Iran and we have never closed the door," Mattei said.

Late Tuesday, Iran's foreign ministry issued a statement saying Tehran was ready to resume "nuclear negotiations... with no preconditions".

It was the first time since August that Iran had said it was willing to sit down and talk with representatives of the three countries speaking for the E.U., France, Britain and Germany.

Negotiations between the European Union and Iran stalled in August after Tehran resumed processing and enriching uranium in its nuclear plant in Isfahan.

On Friday, Iran's nuclear programme is expected to be the main topic when U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice holds talks in Paris with French President Jacques Chirac.

DPA

Subject: German news

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