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11/8/04

UK considering provisional agreement on Iran's nuclear program

London, Nov 8, IRNA -- The British government Monday confirmed that it was considering the provisional agreement reached with Germany and France in talks with Iran on its nuclear program.

"Tehran as well as London, Paris and Berlin are looking at in more detail," a spokesman for the Foreign Office in London told IRNA.

The provisional agreement reached in Paris is reported to include political, economic, security and technological cooperation and is expected to pave the way for the European Union to restart negotiations on a trade agreement with Iran.

In return for access to nuclear technology, Iran is being asked to suspend activities related to the enrichment of uranium until a long-term agreement is reached.

But the Foreign Office spokesman was reluctant to talk about what was being put on the table. He said the British government was "waiting until the four capitals to reflect and consider" the provisional agreement.

He said he had "no details at all" and also declined to say whether there was any optimism about the negotiations on the deal that started three weeks ago following the initiative from the so- called EU3 after last month's G8 meeting in Washington.

The spokesman also said that he did not know if the proposals would be discussed by Prime Minister Tony Blair, when he becomes the first western leader to meet US President George W Bush following his re-election for a second term.

The British press has expressed skepticism if the US will ever accept a diplomatic agreement on Iran's nuclear program. The issue is seen as Bush's first test case on whether he will become more committed to multilateral cooperation.

Berlinterms Iran-EU trio nuclear talks "useful"
Berlin, Nov 8, IRNA -- A German government official called Friday's nuclear negotiations between Iran and the European Union trio (Germany, Britain and France) "useful", IRNA reported.

"The talks (in Paris) on Friday were difficult but useful," the deputy spokeswoman of the German Foreign Ministry, Antje Leendertse said during a news conference in Berlin on Monday.

She did not provide further details on the outcome of what she described as "intensive consultations" in the French capital.

Tehran has remained unwavering on European demands for an indefinite suspension of its uranium enrichment program, arguing it would infringe on its legitimate right to pursue a nuclear program for peaceful purposes.

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