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France calls on Iran to remain committed to Paris Agreement; Straw postpones speech on Iran

Paris, Sept 14, IRNA-France on Wednesday called on Iran to remain committed to the Paris Agreement in connection with its nuclear case, saying it will defend such a stance at the 60th regular session of the UN General Assembly.

The deputy spokesman for French Foreign Ministry said that France has not changed its stance on Iran's nuclear dossier, adding Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin would outline France's stance in his address to the UN General Assembly.

Iran cancelled voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment and started parts of nuclear activities at Isfahan uranium conversion facility (UCF) last month under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after the Europeans ignored the country's nuclear right.

Tehran expressed readiness to resume nuclear talks with Europe but stressed observation of its rights based on international regulations including access to nuclear fuel cycle.

The French Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman said the three European states (France, Britain and Germany) presented positive proposals to Iran based on the Paris Agreement.

He added the UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei's report on Iran's nuclear activities would be discussed during the IAEA Board of Governors session on September 19.

On next round of negotiations and meetings between the three EU trio and Iran in New York or other states, he said no official meeting has been planned on Iran's nuclear case, adding unofficial and unpredicted meetings may be held between ministers of the countries during the UN General Assembly session.

He said Iran would be referred to the UN Security Council if no solution is found.

Straw postpones speech on Iran

London, Sept 14, IRNA-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has had to cancel a planned speech on 'Why Iran Matters,' the British Foreign Office said Tuesday.

"It was due to unfortunate circumstances," a Foreign Office spokesman told IRNA, suggesting that the speech, which was due to be made Wednesday at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, may be made at a later date.

The spokesman was unable to clarify what specifically had caused the cancellation by Straw, who was hosting an EU troika meeting Tuesday with Australia, but diplomatic sources suggested that it may have not been seen as an appropriate time to make the speech.

Speculation was that the British Foreign Secretary must have been set to say something controversial or more than simply repeating concern over Iran's nuclear program ahead of next Monday's meeting of IAEA board members in Vienna to discuss the issue.

With Straw set to attend the UN summit in New York later this week, it seemed unlikely that the speech would now be made before the IAEA start their discussions on Mohamed El Baradei's latest Iran report.

The British government's reaction to the report was that it showed Iran had not heeded the latest request to suspend its enriched uranium program, that it weaken confidence and that the UK would seek Security Council assistance.

The Foreign Office spokesman said that there were many unresolved issues that meant it "cannot be confident Iran's nuclear program was exclusively for peaceful purposes."

The mechanism being aimed for was to report Iran to the UN, "which would endure the dossier with the IAEA purview, but the Security Council would add its weight to the IAEA's authority and thus help to strengthen the international consensus," he explained.

The Foreign Office said that while it was "not advocating sanctions at this stage," it insisted that it was "neither ruling it out."

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