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12/22/05

Iran's IAEA Representative: Iran, EU3 determined to settle nuclear crisis

Vienna, Dec 22, IRNA-Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh said that Iran and Europe were both determined to settle the Iran nuclear issue.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA here Wednesday night after the conclusion of two rounds of talks between Iran and the European troika, he said that both sides in the talks clearly manifested their strong determination to continue the negotiations next month so that the issue can finally be laid to rest.

He said the new framework for talks and procedure for interaction by the two sides will be determined during the next round of talks to be held in January.

He said the new negotiating team had a fresh message to the EU3 negotiators that calls on them to act on the preposition that uranium enrichment activities will be conducted inside Iran and at the same time avoid collateral issues during the talks.

Describing the talks on Wednesday as "positive," he further said that both sides endeavored to avoid raising issues which could exacerbate tensions and instead concentrated on creating a positive atmosphere for talks.

According to Akhoundzadeh, the Iranian delegation found the EU3 proposal last summer "unacceptable" and an "insult" to the Iranian nation. The proposal was for Iran to conduct the final stage of its uranium enrichment in foreign soil.

The Iranian negotiating team is headed by the Supreme National Security Council Deputy for International Affairs Javad Vaeedi.

SNSC Deputy for Economic Affairs Mohammad Nahavandian, Iran Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Deputy for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi, Iranian Permanent Representative to the Int'l Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh and Deputy Director-General for Political and International Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh are the members of the team.

On the other hand, the European team is made up of 12 senior experts and managers from the foreign ministries of Britain, France and Germany.

Nuclear talks between Iran and Europe were suspended in August by the European side following Iran's announcement that it was resuming uranium enrichment at its uranium conversion facility in Isfahan.

The second and final round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the EU3 started behind closed doors at Iran's representative office in the Vienna-based International Center at 15:30 hours local time (18:00 hours Tehran time) on Wednesday.

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