Iran wants EU blessing for uranium enrichment

31st May 2005, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2005, TEHRAN - Iran would ideally like to resume its uranium enrichment with the blessing of the European Union, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.

31 May 2005

TEHRAN - Iran would ideally like to resume its uranium enrichment with the blessing of the European Union, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.

The IRNA news agency quoted Hamid-Reza Assefi as saying during a visit to Kuwait that Iran would definitely resume its nuclear activities but preferred to have the EU blessing as well.

He added that the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany promised Iran last week in Geneva that they would come up with a comprehensive plan, and Tehran in return promised to submit guarantees on maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear projects.

Assefi furthermore said that thousands of inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency proved that Iran's nuclear activities were transparent and in line with all regulations of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

The UN international nuclear watchdog has conducted inspections on Iran's nuclear facilities for the past two years. It has not found proof of a nuclear-weapons programme but has also not been able to answer all the questions surrounding the intent of Iran's nuclear programme.

DPA

Subject: German news

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