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Iran, EU inch closer to reach compromise: diplomats

Vienna, Nov 6, IRNA -- Iran is inching closer its stance with the European Union to reach a compromise on nuclear program, diplomats in Vienna said.

Representatives of Iran and the EU big trio, France, Germany and Britain, held their third round of talks in Paris on Friday on Iran's nuclear program to follow up ways to achieve an agreement between the two sides.

The first and second rounds of talks were held at the French mission in Vienna on October 21 and 27.

Talking to reporters here Friday, a Western diplomat said Iran and the European Union, during their Friday meeting, took a step forward in reaching an agreement as the sides modified their stands.

The diplomat who was talking on the condition of anonymity, said the Iranian side expressed readiness to suspend uranium enrichment activities for six months, the proposal which is not yet approved by the Europeans.

Head of the foreign policy committee at Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hossein Moussavian told IRNA in Paris on Friday the two sides reached certain agreements on the proposals they have already offered.

During the first and second rounds of talks, the EU and Iran, respectively, offered their proposals to the other side but they were not accepted by either side.

"We will still face difficult negotiations. The European Union had previously called for unlimited uranium enrichment by Iran but it has not recently used the word 'unlimited' and has not insisted on it," Moussavian said.

He reiterated Iran's previous stance on opposition to the stop or withdrawal of activities on the nuclear fuel cycle, stressing "Iran is against any suspension aiming at putting a stop at uranium enrichment.

"We will accept talks on temporal uranium suspension only to build confidence, the issue which does not demand so much time."

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always insisted on uranium enrichment and completion of nuclear fuel within the framework of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), stressing it will not give up such a right.

Iran believes that if it does not produce its needed nuclear fuel, it will never find a reliable source to meet its demanded nuclear fuel. Therefore, the country is not willing to ignore its rights to get access to uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes.

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