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11/17/04

EU says nuclear deal with Iran "step in the right direction''

Brussels, Nov 17, IRNA - Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, whose country currently holds the current European Union presidency, Wednesday said the weekend's EU-Iran agreement on Iran's nuclear program "is a step in the right direction."

But he also warned that the EU might still take Iran to the UN Security Council if Tehran does not fulfill its commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Let me be clear, we want Iran to suspend fully and permanently all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities on a voluntary basis,'' Balkenende told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

"Only then can the EU offer Iran prospect of talks on long-term cooperation which would benefit both sides, the EU and Iran."

He said the IAEA should be able to verify Iran's commitments. "If this does not happen we will have no option but to go to the UN Security Council,'' said Balkenende.

The Dutch premier's statement seems to contradict statements made by EU officials in Brussels that under the deal, the EU will not refer Iran to the UNSC.

Fischer welcomes EU trio-Iran nuclear accord

Berlin, Nov 17, IRNA -- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer welcomed the latest nuclear accord between the European Union trio (Germany, France and Britain) and Iran, DPA quoted him as saying Wednesday.

Fischer who is currently on an official visit to Guatemala, called for the full implementation of the nuclear accord.

"We expect that the International Atomic Energy Agency will confirm at the meeting of the IAEA board of governors on November 25, Iran's voluntary suspension of all enrichment and reprocessing activities," the German minister added.

Under the EU-Iran nuclear agreement, Tehran consented to a voluntary suspension of all uranium enrichment activities in exchange for negotiations on peaceful nuclear cooperation and resumed trade talks.

Iran has repeatedly stressed its nuclear program is peaceful, calling on the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog to finally close its case.

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