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Iran Invites New Nuclear Talks With Europe

By VOA News

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (file photo) Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters Saturday Tehran sees no logic to suspending uranium enrichment. He said Iran has the right to enrich uranium because of its membership in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He added that Tehran is ready to discuss the reasons for its actions.

Iran has been locked in a standoff with the West over its nuclear program. A draft United Nations resolution on Iran is expected to be introduced in the U.N. Security Council early next week.

Diplomats have said they would seek limited sanctions on Tehran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.

France's defense minister said Friday her country and its allies are willing to suspend the drive for sanctions against Iran - if Tehran takes positive steps toward ending the standoff over its nuclear program.

Iran ignored an August 31 U.N. deadline to suspend uranium enrichment. Tehran denies Western charges that it seeks to develop nuclear weapons.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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