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10/16/04

EU wants to avoid referral of Iran's dossier to UN Security Council

Brussels, Oct 16, IRNA -- The European Union as a whole will from now on be involved together with France, Germnay and the UK in a European initiative to engage Iran over its nuclear program.

EU diplomatic sources told IRNA that EU foreign ministers, in their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, decided to involve EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana together with the EU-3 to resolve the nuclear standoff with the Islamic Republic.

The sources pointed out that senior diplomats from the G8 met in Washington on Friday to discuss a package of incentives to offer to Iran against full suspension of its enrichment program.

"The EU is passing through a very critical phase in its relations with Iran. We want Iran to fully suspend its nuclear enrichment programme," said the sources requesting annonymity.

"Iran had rejected an earlier offer by the EU-3 so now we are preparing an attractive package which can be acceptable," said the sources, who declined to give details about the package.

"The EU wants to avoid to take Iran to the UN Security Council," the sources told IRNA.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to issue its next report on Iran's nuclear program on November 25.

The US wants the IAEA to refer Iran's case to the UNSC for possible sanctions.

European engagement with Iran will currently continue on senior diplomatic levels. "But if we see the need for engagement on higher level to move forward we shall do it."

"Prudence is the word that all sides must apply," said the sources, who pointed out that the US presidential elections are to be held in November.

UK to seek satisfactory agreement on Iran's nuclear programme

London, Oct 16, IRNA -- The British government said Saturday that it would renew efforts to resolve the disputes over Iran's nuclear program, but was unable to confirm that it would offer with France and Germany a reported "incentive package" next week.

"We will be engaging with G8 partners and Iranian authorities to seek a satisfactory agreement, if that is obtainable," a Foreign Office spokesman told IRNA.

He said that in Iran's case, Britain does "not question with any country the peaceful use of nuclear energy in conformity with the Non-Proliferation Treaty."

But the spokesman said he had no information about the comments by State Department spokesman Tom Casey following the G8 meeting in the US when he reportedly said that the so-called EU 3 had "indicated they will be presenting their ideas to Iran next week."

According to the BBC, using diplomatic sources, Britain, France and Germany will offer Iran an incentives package, including a commitment to resume stalled talks on an EU-Iran trade agreement, to give up any military aims to develop nuclear weapons.

The Foreign Office spokesman described the G8 discussions as being "useful in how to take forward common goals" to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.

"Intensive efforts" would continue in an attempt to reach a solution before the next meeting by the International Atomic Energy Authority in November, he said.

The renewed efforts come after the foreign ministers of the EU3 reached an agreement during a visit to Tehran last year in which it was expected that the Europeans would supply nuclear fuel and other technology in return for Iran forgoing domestic uranium enrichment.

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