Europe and Iran to meet again next week on nuclear issue: diplomats
VIENNA (AFP) Oct 22, 2004
Europe's three key states are to meet with Iran next week to hear Tehran's response to their offer for it to avoid possible UN sanctions and receive nuclear technology by indefinitely suspending uranium enrichment, diplomats said Friday.
"Yes, it will be in Vienna, probably in mid-week," a senior European diplomat close to the talks told AFP.
Britain, France and Germany had Thursday presented Iran with a deal to receive valuable technology, including a light-water nuclear reactor which would produce less fissionable material than the heavy-water reactor Tehran wants to build, if it indefinitely suspended all uranium enrichment activities, the diplomat said.
"We are at an initial stage, matters have to be considered on both sides," Iranian official Sirus Naseri told reporters after the three-hour meeting in Vienna.
"I think we'll get together in a matter of a few days," Naseri said Thursday.
An EU diplomat in Brussels said Friday that next week's meeting would be in "the same place, with the same people."
In Berlin, a foreign ministry spokesman said Germany wanted Iran to be given every available opportunity to continue negotiations with Europe until November 25.
The spokesman said that Thursday's Vienna talks were only "part of a series of discussions" that will be held before the end of next month.
"We have to give Iran a chance until November 25," the spokesman, Walter Lindner, told reporters in Berlin at a routine government press conference.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, holds its next meeting on November 25 and Washington has been pressuring it to refer Iran to the UN Security Council if it does not back down.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.