Iran resumes nuclear talks with EU in Geneva
25 May 2005, GENEVA/TEHRAN - Nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union trio of Germany, France and the UK resumed on Wednesday in Geneva, diplomatic sources confirmed.
25 May 2005
GENEVA/TEHRAN - Nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union trio of Germany, France and the UK resumed on Wednesday in Geneva, diplomatic sources confirmed.
The foreign ministers of the EU trio were expected to reiterate in the meeting with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani the EU's demand that Iran permanently suspend uranium enrichment.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was also participating in the meeting.
Rowhani arrived in Geneva on Tuesday with an ultimatum for the trio: Either Iran would be granted the right to resume parts of its uranium enrichment programme or Tehran would quit the talks and start the enrichment process unilaterally.
The EU trio in return has made it clear that failure of the talks would bring the issue before the United Nations Security Council where Iran could face further sanctions to those already imposed by the US.
The two-and-half-hour preparatory talks on Tuesday in Brussels at the expert level were supposed to prepare the grounds for a fruitful meeting in Geneva, but reportedly with little success. Iran labelled the initial talks as "not hopeful", the news agency ISNA reported.
"The talks in Brussels were tough, complicated and eventually not very hopeful and if the same trend continued in Geneva as well, then the two sides would reach a dead-end," Ali Aqamohammadi, one of the members of the Iranian nuclear delegation, told ISNA.
However, Iranian president Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday he is still hopeful there will be a breakthrough in the Geneva talks, adding at the same time that Iran is determined to resume the partial enrichment process.
"We are still hopeful for reaching an agreement and sincerely work towards such an agreement in the Geneva talks," Khatami told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran.
"Meetings at the experts level are different than meetings at minister level," he added.
Khatami reiterated that Iran wants to achieve its right to peaceful nuclear technology with the consensus of "our European friends" and without a crisis.
"But depriving us of our internationally-acknowledged right to peaceful nuclear technology would not be an appropriate reply by the Europeans and definitely not acceptable for us," the president said.
Khatami added that the Geneva meeting could bring a final result to the talks which have being going on since October 2003 "either this or that way".
Subject: German news