Iranian officials to meet EU trio for nuclear talks
19 July 2005, TEHRAN - Iranian officials are to meet representatives of the E.U. trio of Britain, France and Germany in London, Iran's Supreme National Security Council spokesman said Tuesday.
19 July 2005
TEHRAN - Iranian officials are to meet representatives of the E.U. trio of Britain, France and Germany in London, Iran's Supreme National Security Council spokesman said Tuesday.
Ali Aqamohammdi told ISNA news agency that in the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, the Iranian side would first brief the E.U. on president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his future policies, including his policies for Iran's controversial nuclear programme.
"Europe has a wrong interpretation of the new president which we will try to correct," the spokesman said, referring to the hardline image of the new president which some observers speculate might also harm progress in nuclear talks.
"We further hope that the E.U. will elaborate on their new proposals and take effective and logical steps for making the talks progress," he added.
Iran maintains it has a right to enrich uranium for power generation purposes.
The international community, led primarily by the U.S. and E.U., opposes this on the basis that enriched uranium can be used to make nuclear weapons.
The E.U. reportedly plans to present at the end of the month a package with several incentives to encourage Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment process.
Aqamohammadi said that the written E.U. proposal should officially be presented to Iran no later than August 1.
President Mohammad Khatami said Tuesday that there would be no bargaining over Iran's peaceful nuclear programmes, state-television network IRIB reported.
"There will be no bargain and no incentive whatsoever can make us give up pursuing our peaceful nuclear programmes," Khatami said during a meeting with officials of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce.
"I hope that that the Europeans will come up with a proposal based on goodwill and bear in mind that the voluntary suspension from our side is only temporary," Khatami said.
Referring to membership in the World Trade Organization as one of the incentives, Khatami said that being in the WTO was not an incentive but the legal right of every country, including Iran.
Subject: German news