Khatami calls for clear progress on nuclear issue
6 April 2005, PARIS - Iranian President Mohammed Khatami called on Tuesday for "clear progress" to be made during nuclear talks between Iran and EU representatives Germany, France and Britain at the end of the month.
6 April 2005
PARIS - Iranian President Mohammed Khatami called on Tuesday for "clear progress" to be made during nuclear talks between Iran and EU representatives Germany, France and Britain at the end of the month.
Following talks on Tuesday with French president Jacques Chirac in Paris Khatami said "I believe we have made positive steps", adding that the EU, France in particular, had been open to the compromise plan proposed by Iran.
The EU Big Three, France, Germany and Britain, are negotiating with Iran about ceasing its uranium enrichment programme in return for economic and political cooperation. The next round of talks are scheduled for 29 April.
In an interview with the leading Parisian daily Figaro on Tuesday, Khatami said attempts to exert pressure on Teheran so that it stopped its uranium enrichment programme were unacceptable.
Iran wanted to guarantee that it would not develop nuclear weapons in return for its guaranteed security and development, he said.
During the next years, Iran wants to build up to 20 nuclear power stations and enrich uranium for their use.
Experts believe nuclear negotiations will figure in the Iranian election campaign and will not conclude before presidential elections in June.
Ahead of talks with Chirac, Khatami spoke at a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference on cultural dialogue, where he said Islamic terrorism and US war policy are of the same level, based on the same "wrong concepts".
Khatami said: "Both cases consider themselves the epicentre of the world and each tries to force its perspective on the rest of humanity."
Violence was used to reach objectives and "holy values are used as motives," he added.
Subject: German news