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Iran may sign framework accord with EU Troika by late May

Paris, Feb 13, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Iran may sign a framework agreement on its nuclear program with the EU Troika by the end of May, chief negotiator with the EU Troika Hussein Mousavian said.

"If the EU Troika attitude remains serious during the next two rounds of consultations, it is possible to sign the agreement within the next three months," he said.

The second round of negotiations between Iran and the EU Troika -- France, the United Kingdom and Germany -- ended in Geneva on Friday.

European sources say that the sides have not resolved the main problem, that is the future of Iran's uranium enrichment program.

In November 2004 Iran assumed a unilateral commitment to suspend the uranium enrichment program for the period of the negotiations. But the EU Troika wants a final termination of any works in the enrichment of uranium and plutonium.

Iran has been rejecting this proposal so far.

Iran optimistic about nuclear talks with EU

Tehran, Feb 13, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel said Sunday that Iran is optimistic about the outcome of its nuclear talks with the European Union, saying the talks will continue until both sides arrive at a real guarantee.

In his meeting with Norwegian ambassador to Tehran, Haddad Adel underlined Iran's undeniable right to make use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

"The government enjoys public support which is the most important asset in the Islamic system. Iran does to need to have weapons of mass destruction (WMD) given such an asset," he underlined.

Defining the policies the US has taken against Iran, he noted that the US cannot tolerate an independent country in the Middle East and opposes Iran on whatever pretext.

Elsewhere, Haddad Adel voiced the support of the Majlis for foreign investment, saying that the Majlis is looking for restoration of financial discipline in the country.

The Majlis is ready to support promotion of relations between Iran and Norway, he added.

The Norwegian diplomat, Ole Christian Hothe stressed that Iran plays an important role to restore peace and stability to the region.

He also referred to the growing relations between the two countries, saying that relations in industrial, economic and trade sectors have been developed in the recent years.

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