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EU-3 to brief EU FMs on Iran's nuclear dossier

Brussels, Nov 19, IRNA-European Union foreign ministers will be briefed by their colleagues from France, Germany and the UK (EU-3) on Iran's nuclear program during their regular monthly meeting in Brussels on Monday.

"On Iran, this will be a moment for the EU-3 to report back on their efforts. We support them fully. This will be a discussion before the meeting of the IAEA Board (of Governors) on November 24," European Commission diplomatic sources told reporters in Brussels.

"We find ourselves in rather a delicate situation. The September resolution of the IAEA Board found Iran in non-compliance with the NPT safeguard agreements," said the sources speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Iran has obviously not reinstated full suspension of nuclear cycle activity. But it is very, very difficult to speculate what will happen. We will obviously be hearing from the EU-3 on their activities and discussing the way forward," added the sources.

A senior diplomat from the current UK Presidency of the EU said Iran and Iraq are two "high profile" regular items for discussion by the EU Foreign Ministers' Council.

On Iran, the ministers will assess where the matter stands, said the diplomat.

Other EU sources told IRNA that Monday's meeting in Brussels is not expected to take any decisions on Iran.

Asked if the EU-3 will reply to the letter sent recently by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani to resume talks, the sources said they did not expect a formal reply to be dispatched yet.

"We have been issuing statements that can be considered as an informal reply to the letter," said the sources.

A new report of Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei was published on Friday afternoon and disseminated among representatives of the 35 member countries of the agency's Board of Governors here, IRNA reported from Vienna.

The diplomats in Vienna, who have seen the report, said it has in general a positive view on Iran's cooperation with the IAEA but had requested more assistance on the side of Iran to solve remaining ambiguities in the dossier.

On Friday, senior officials from the EU-3, Russia and US Undersecretary of State Nick Burns were to meet in London to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

On Wednesday, the EU called on the Islamic Republic of Iran to resume talks to resolve the nuclear dispute and to forge a better relationship between the two sides.

"We urge Iran to come back to the talks on long-term arrangements on the basis of the Paris Agreement," British Minister of State for Europe Douglas Alexander told the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a debate on Iran Wednesday evening.

Iran voluntarily suspended its uranium enrichment program in November last year and began talks with the EU-3 in exchange for promises of closer economic, political and security cooperation and to convince the international community of the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. This was the gist of the Paris Agreement.

Iran decided in August to end its voluntary suspension.

In September the EU-3 tabled a resolution in the IAEA leading to the possibility of Tehran being referred to the UN Security Council.

EU-Iran negotiations are currrently in limbo.

The Islamic Republic says it has the inalienable right to pursue a nuclear program for civilian use like all countries which have signed the NPT.

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