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Moscow urging Iran, EU to reach an agreement in nuclear talks: Lavrov

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow on Saturday that Moscow is urging Iran and EU trio (France, Germany and Britain) to reach an agreement in their talks on Iran's nuclear program, IRNA reported.

In a meeting with the outgoing Iranian Ambassador to Russia Gholamreza Shafei, Lavrov also reiterated that his country's nuclear cooperation with Iran conforms to international laws.

The meeting also focused on the trend of Tehran-Moscow cooperation in the recent years and the nature of Iran's ongoing discussions with the EU.

Shafei referred to Iran's legitimate right to peaceful nuclear technology saying that the policy of procrastination by the EU in their talks with Tehran is doomed to fail.

Iran's suspension of uranium enrichment is both voluntary and for a short period, Shafei said adding "Tehran will not agree to the program's complete halt." An Iranian nuclear negotiator said here Saturday that Iran is mulling a Russian proposal for cooperation in nuclear field but has not yet given any response.

In an interview with IRNA, a member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team with European troika, Sirous Nasseri, ruled out claims that Iran has put forward a new proposal for production of UCF domestically and its delivery to Russian for enrichment, saying Russia and not Iran had brought up the proposal.

Nasseri said Russian proposal for the cooperation is temporary and until the inauguration of Natanz facilities.

He said that based on the proposal, raw 'yellowcake' uranium will be converted to UF6-6 gases and the product will be transferred to Russia and then returned to Iran for use.

Certain experts believe the proposal, likely backed by the European party negotiating with Iran, aims to put an end to the problem between Tehran and the EU3.

The European Union Foreign Ministers' Council will discuss Iran's nuclear program during its regular monthly meeting in Brussels on Monday, EU sources said.

Meanwhile, EU sources say nuclear talks between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran could take place in Geneva next Wednesday.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, however said neither the exact date nor the venue is still confirmed.

The meeting between Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani and foreign ministers of France, Germany, and the UK as well as the EU High Representative for a common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, were initially supposed to be held in Brussels on Tuesday.

Last week British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, and Solana dispatched a letter to Rowhani inviting him for emergency talks to defuse the looming crisis over Iran's nuclear program.

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