Iran must give up nuclear arms, says Barnier

21st January 2005, Comments 0 comments

MOSCOW, Jan 21 (AFP) - There is no alternative to negotiations with Iran to force the Islamic regime to abandon nuclear weapons, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Friday.

MOSCOW, Jan 21 (AFP) - There is no alternative to negotiations with Iran to force the Islamic regime to abandon nuclear weapons, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Friday.

"The Americans are regularly informed on the state of negotiations" which are being led "in complete transparency with 22 European partners and Russia," Barnier said, during a visit to Moscow.

Washington has charged that Tehran is seeking to build a nuclear bomb, a charge which Iran denies saying its nuclear programme is purely peaceful.

But the European Union's "big three" - Britain, France and Germany - are holding crucial talks with Iran aimed at finding a long-term solution to assuage international fears about the nuclear programme.

"This is a delicate cooperation and we are keeping our eyes open. But there is no alternative" to negotiations, Barnier said, adding Iran must give up nuclear arms.

He was talking at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, and the French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie as well as Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov.

© AFP

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