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9/27/03

EU FMs to postpone decision on ties with Iran till October

The European Union council of foreign ministers on Monday is to discuss EU-Iran relations, but a decision to review a future trade and cooperation agreement between the two sides has been postponed until October, said EU sources, IRNA reported from Brussels.

EU foreign ministers in July issued a statement saying they will assess relations with Iran in September following a second report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran`s nuclear programme.

But a recent IAEA deadline to Tehran till end of October has delayed the council`s original timescale.

Ministers are due to discuss ties with the Islamic Republic over lunch, against the background of negotiations on trade and co-operation together with other issues such as human rights, non-proliferation, the fight against terrorism and the Middle East peace process.

The council is expected to welcome Iran`s cooperation with the IAEA, but will repeat calls on Tehran to sign the additional protocol to the NPT without any delay.

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