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10/17/05

UK Ambassador: EU prepared to improve nuclear offer to Iran

London, Oct. 16, IRNA-Britain's Ambassador to Tehran has indicated that the European Union is prepared to break the deadlock over Iran's nuclear program by advancing its original offer made under the terms of the Paris Agreement.

"We think that the proposal that EU put forward can be certainly improved and the proposal of (the Iranian President) his Excellency Mr Ahmadinejad made in New York can clearly go on to the table," Richard Dalton said.

The ambassador disclosed the offer during an exclusive interview with IRNA during a visit to London, in which he said that Britain's objective was to return to negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue.

"The important thing is to recreate the trust that have so badly damaged during this summer," he said.

Dalton did not specify what proposals may be made to help restart negotiations, but the Iranian president last month offered partnerships with other countries in the implementation of his country's enrichment program to allay concerns.

In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad also said Iran was ready for constructive interaction and a just dialogue in good faith, while reiterating that nuclear weapons were prohibited in accordance with religious principles.

The UK ambassador put into context the nuclear dispute and charges and counter-charges regarding bombing attacks in southern Iran and southern Iraq, saying that there had been many areas of disagreement in the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"I do not think the recent difficulties in the atmosphere between Britain and Iran tragically. I think we can recover from that but it will require hard work on both sides and I believe it also requires some change of attitude," he said.

Dalton said the job of diplomats when there are difficulties is a "to work even harder to find common areas of understanding and to seek to convince the other side of our point of view."

Apart from the EU improving its offer, which Iran rejected as derisory, he suggested that there could also be a change in Tehran attitudes that "could unlock a much more productive relationship with Europe than Iran enjoys at present."

The proposals on the nuclear portfolio "would have facilitated many areas of cooperation that either do not exist or are far from achieving their full potential at present," the envoy said.

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