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11/27/05

EU3 accepts Iran's invitation to resume nuclear talks next month

Tehran, Nov 27, IRNA-Iran has received a letter from foreign ministers of the so-called EU3, announcing their readiness to take up nuclear negotiations from where they were left in August, the country's top security body said on Sunday.

The letter signed by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his French and German counterparts Philippe Douste-Blazy and Frank-Walter Steinmeier was a response to an invitation by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani to resume the negotiations.

The letter was delivered by the three countries' ambassadors to Tehran in a meeting with the SNSC deputy head, Javad Vaeedi, held here Sunday, the council said in a statement.

In his November 6 letter to the three ministers, Larijani had announced that "Iran welcomes rational and constructive negotiations in the framework of international rules and regulations".

The top negotiator had also stressed the need for the Islamic Republic to "acquire its legal and legitimate right of the Iranian nation and guarantee the country's national interests".

The Europeans' positive response to Tehran's invitation marks a retreat from their earlier stance when they had made resumption of talks conditional to Iran's renewed suspension of its uranium enrichment activities.

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