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5/17/05

Straw optimistic about outcome of the new nuclear talks with Iran

London, May 16, IRNA-British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, announced on Monday he was hopeful about the outcome of the new discussions between the so called EU3 and Iran.

Commenting on Iran's nuclear activity at a press conference in London, Mr. Straw said,"As for the outcome, I remain ever hopeful.

There have been many predictions that these discussions might fail in the past, so far, despite the difficulties, which are as everybody understands made trickier by the impending presidential elections in Iran on 17 June, I remain cautiously hopeful."

British foreign secretary also said he did not want to comment on the outcome of unfinished discussions yet and he would not give any more details but he insisted the position of the international community and those of the three lead countries concerned - Germany, France and the United Kingdom - had been clear and remained clear.

Straw said," What we seek is a pathway by which Iran is able to do that to which it is entitled, namely to generate electricity by means of nuclear energy, at the same time as there are very clear objective guarantees that Iran is not using its nuclear program as a cover to build a nuclear weapons program. That has remained, and is the challenge before us."

He added," It was the basis of the Paris Agreement of last November which set out the need for these objective guarantees, and that will be the basis for the discussions which will take place, or are likely to take place, at the beginning of next week."

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