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Iran upbeat about outcome of nuclear talks with EU trio

Tehran, Nov 1, IRNA -- Iran said Monday it had ruminated over all the consequences if its nuclear talks with EU officials fail, but stressed that Tehran considered failure a remote probability.

"Although we see short odds negotiations not reach a conclusion, we have examined all probable scenarios and weighed the consequences of any decision," Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said.

Speaking to reporters at his weekly news briefing, the official dispelled fears about any likely decision against Tehran, citing the ramifications which it could have, including possible disruption of the oil market.

"There is no need for worry since such a decision will not harm only one side.

"We have repeatedly announced that Iran must not be intimidated and the Iranian nation has proved that it is amenable to dialogue and negotiations, but it will stand up to any threat," Ramezanzadeh added.

Officials from Iran, Britain, France and Germany held their second round of negotiations in Vienna Wednesday, described as positive and constructive by both sides.

Diplomats have been cited as saying that the next round of talks will be held in Paris on November 5, with Iran's delegation expressing optimism that further discussions could lead to an agreement.

The European Union trio have sought to persuade Iran to scrap uranium enrichment in exchange for supplying limited nuclear technology.

According to news circles, the EU incentives include a guaranteed supply of reactor fuel, assistance to construction of a light-water power reactor and a resumption of stalled trade talks.

While the Europeans have called on Iran to agree to an indefinite freeze on enrichment, Tehran has expressly stated that it cannot be induced to scrapping the process for good.

Ramezanzadeh outlined the two sides' worries, saying, "The most important problem in our view is that our right (to peaceful nuclear technology) is not observed, while the Europeans want assurances that we only pursue peaceful objectives."

"We are fully ready to indicate that nobody in Iran is after non-peaceful use of the nuclear technology and that will accept all legal obligations within the framework of the (Non-Proliferation) Treaty."

The official reiterated Iran's call to continue the negotiations, saying, "We believe through negotiations, there are chances that our right is protected and the Europeans' demand for confidence-building is met."

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