No breakthrough on Iran nuclear talks

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11 November 2004 , BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Thursday there had been no breakthrough in European Union talks with Iran over Teheran's nuclear progamme. "The talks have been anything but easy," admitted Fisher in a speech to the German parliament. Negotiations between Iran and European Union (EU) heavyweights Britain, France and Germany are aimed at winning a suspension of Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for trade, aid and civilian nuclear technology transfers. "I cannot

11 November 2004

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Thursday there had been no breakthrough in European Union talks with Iran over Teheran's nuclear progamme.

"The talks have been anything but easy," admitted Fisher in a speech to the German parliament.

Negotiations between Iran and European Union (EU) heavyweights Britain, France and Germany are aimed at winning a suspension of Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for trade, aid and civilian nuclear technology transfers.

"I cannot report that there has been any breakthrough," said Fischer, adding that negotiations were continuing.

The EU's "Big Three" have warned Iran it risks UN Security Council sanctions if it fails to give up all activities with uranium by a 25 November deadline set by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency.

But US remains deeply skeptical over the long-term value of any such pledge from Iran. American officials believe Teheran is still seeking to build nuclear weapons.

"It's clear that an Iran with nuclear (weapons) would be a danger ...," said Fischer.

DPA

Subject: German news

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