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8/18/05

EU says door remains open for nuclear negotiations with Iran

Brussels, Aug 18, IRNA-The European Union has expressed its "deep concern" over Iran's resumption of activity at the uranium conversion facility in Isfahan but said the door remains open for negotiations.

"The EU calls on Iran to reconsider its decision to reject without discussion the proposals made by France, Germany and the UK, with the support of the EU High Representative," said an EU Presidency statement issued Wednesday night.

"These offer the prospect of an improved relationship, on the basis of mutual co-operation, while providing objective guarantees to the international community that Iran would use its nuclear programme for exclusively peaceful purposes."

"They consequently make clear the European side's readiness, in the context of an overall agreement, to support the development of a safe, economically viable and proliferation proof civilian nuclear programme in Iran."

"Iran faces an important choice. The door remains open for Iran to continue negotiations within the framework established by the Paris Agreement by urgently halting all uranium conversion work and recommitting itself to full suspension.

The EU's strong hope is that Iran will take this course," it said.

The UK currently holds the rotating EU Presidency.

The statement noted that the IAEA Board of Governors has asked Iran to suspend all enrichment related and reprocessing activities, including conversion, as an essential confidence building measure.

"The EU welcomes the resolution adopted by consensus at the IAEA Board on 11 August. The resolution is a clear and united signal from the international community that Iran returns to suspending all conversion activities without delay."

"The full suspension is essential if a process of dialogue on long-term arrangements is to continue on the basis of the Paris Agreement. The EU fully supports this process," it added.

Iran had signed Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to give objective guarantee to the international community that Iranian nuclear program will not be diverted to produce arms.

Charter of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) envisaged Additional Protocol to NPT which grants intrusive inspection to UN agency as objective guarantee from the member states to ensure that their nuclear programs are civilian and strictly designed for civilian purpose.

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