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Report: Europe ready for compromise on Iran nuclear issue

Brussels, Sept 13, IRNA-Europe is poised to compromise on Iran's nuclear program in a step that could break the year-long standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the European daily Financial Times reported in its main first-page story Wednesday.

A deal, floated by Tehran at a weekend meeting in Vienna, would rein in the most sensitive part of the program as soon as formal negotiations begin with the West, said the paper, which is printed and distributed simultaneously in several European cities including Brussels.

In response, the European Union is watering down its insistence that a suspension of enrichment activities must come before talks.

But European diplomats stress that they will require Iran to allow United Nations inspectors to carry out spot checks on its nuclear facilities to ensure that the Islamic Republic has kept its side of the bargain, said the report.

The remaining issue of nuclear inspections will be at the center of a meeting between European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani scheduled for Thursday.

Both sides said the meetings held by the two officials over the weekend was "constructive." "The dynamics have changed," a European diplomat told the paper.

"The key is the inspectors." But the compromise on the Iranian offer would be hard for Washington to accept, raising the possibility that the US and Europe could be split on the issue.

Some European diplomats warned that the US would be "isolated" if it held out against Tehran's initiative to halt enrichment work if talks got underway, added the paper.

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