Negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme open

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23 March 2005, PARIS - Talks between representatives from Germany, Britain, France and Iran on Teheran's nuclear energy programme opened on Wednesday in Paris.

23 March 2005

PARIS - Talks between representatives from Germany, Britain, France and Iran on Teheran's nuclear energy programme opened on Wednesday in Paris.

The talks are aimed at convincing Iran, by offering a number of economic and diplomatic incentives, to abandon its uranium-enrichment plans.

However, Teheran has steadfastly refused to do so, claiming it had the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful means.

According to the Iranian news service Mehr, the Iranian delegation was comprised of nine delegates, including United Nations envoy Mohammad-Javad Zarif, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Saaidi, former UN envoy Cyrus Nasseri and the National Security Council's Hussein Mussavian.

The EU trio Britain, France and Germany is represented at the deputy foreign ministry level, Mehr reported from Paris.

While the EU and the United States want Iran to cease all nuclear activities, Teheran has only agreed to a temporary suspension of the enrichment process until June at the latest.

The talks are scheduled to run for only one day, but may be carried into Thursday if necessary.

DPA

Subject: German news

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