European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana is meeting in London with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, to discuss Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
Friday's meeting is seen as a final effort to persuade Iran to comply with international demands to freeze its uranium enrichment activities - or it will face new U.N. sanctions.
Iran has said its negotiator would put forward "new initiatives" at the talks in an attempt to resolve the dispute about Iran's nuclear program.
However, Iran's official news agency quoted Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying Tehran will not be deterred from its pursuit of nuclear technology.
Solana must soon report to the U.N. Security Council on Iran's willingness to comply with demands to halt sensitive nuclear work. His report could determine whether the council imposes a third set of sanctions on Iran.
Officials from the five permanent U.N. Security council members - Britain, France, Russia, China and the United States -- as well as Germany, will meet in Paris on Saturday. The U.S. State Department says they will discuss the text of a third Security Council sanctions resolution on Iran.
In other news, Russia's state nuclear fuel producer (TVEL) says inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have finished sealing uranium fuel that Russia intends to send to Iran's Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant.
No date has been given for delivery of the fuel.
The United States and other Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian energy program. Tehran denies the charge.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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