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Diplomats say Iran might adopt harsher position on nuclear issue

Vienna, Nov 11, IRNA -- Diplomats in Vienna say Iran is going to adopt harsher positions in reaction to proposals of the European trio regarding its nuclear activities.

One diplomat from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told reporters on Thursday that Iran has refused to respond affirmatively to the proposal of three European Countries namely Germany, France and Britain on indefinite suspension of its uranium enrichment activities, thus giving rise to doubts as to reaching an agreement.

Iran was supposed to announce its final decision to the European trio on Wednesday.

Based on what Iran has been telling the IAEA, the diplomats, who usually prefer to speak on condition of anonymity, say that Tehran has called for more incentives in return for suspending uranium enrichment process.

Iran has told the three European states that making use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes is its legitimate right which is not to be forsaken.

The Iranian officials have also voiced readiness for voluntary suspension of the uranium enrichment activities in a bid to promote trust-building process but have at the same time stressed that they are not going to completely stop it in any way.

An Iranian diplomat, talking to IRNA Thursday, said he was unaware of any fresh proposals on the part of Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly stressed that its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes. The claim has been substantiated by numerous IAEA investigation visits to Iranian nuclear sites so far.

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