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10/20/04

EU seeks Iran's cooperation on nuclear program

London, Oct 20, IRNA -- Senior officials from Britain, France and Germany will travel to Tehran for talks on Iran's nuclear program, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announced on Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint press conference in London with his German counterpart, Joschka Fischer, Straw said the talks would be held by "political directors."

"We hope very much this matter can be resolved finally within the Board of Governors (of the International Atomic Energy Agency) and not referred to the UN, but only time will tell," he said.

Last weekend it was reported that the so-called EU-3 were preparing to offer an incentives package to Iran, including a commitment to resume stalled talks on an EU-Iran trade agreement and to give up any military aims to develop nuclear weapons.

Fischer urged Iran "to fulfill its commitments and to avoid miscalculation that will lead us into a very serious situation" but also said that Britain, France and Germany wanted to encourage Iran to cooperate with the EU.

"I want to underline that we are very much on the same track on Iran. We are very concerned about the developments and I think it's very important that there is not a miscalculation in Tehran," he said.

Straw said the three countries had worked very closely for the last 18 months and engaging with Iran for 15 months on the issue, but "Iran has yet to give us the confidence we need to have about its intentions."

"We cannot go on indefinitely, but Iran could still give us that confidence before the next meeting of the IAEA board on 25 November by introducing an indefinite suspension of its enrichment and processing-related activities," he said.

Iran to offer proposals to European trio Tehran, Oct 20, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi announced in Tehran on Wednesday that Iran, during its meeting with the European trio on Thursday, will offer some proposals.

Iran and the European trio (Britain, France, Germany) will hold a meeting on Thursday in Vienna to review Iran's nuclear activities.

Kharrazi, who declined to elaborate on Iran's proposals, said, "We will wait until representatives of the three European states hand over their proposal. Then Iran will set forth its proposals during the meeting."

"We should see whether the European proposal would secure the Iranian nation's rights or not," he told parliamentary reporters.

On Iran's reaction towards proposals urging permanent suspension of the country's uranium enrichment, he said Iran's stands have been repeatedly announced. "We do not allow our legitimate right to be ignored," he stressed.

"Proposals should be handed over to Iran in a formal and written form. We cannot make decisions on the basis of rumors," the Iranian foreign minister said.

"We are not at all in favor of producing nuclear weapons. We are interested in having talks and try to settle the issue through negotiations and dialogue," he noted.

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