EU calls on Iran to dismantle to fuel cycle work - diplomat
VIENNA (AFP) Jan 26, 2005
The EU has called on Iran to dismantle its nuclear fuel cycle activities, hardening its earlier stand that Iran should only suspend uranium enrichment, a diplomat said Wednesday.
In talks in Geneva earlier this month, representatives of Britain, France and Germany told Iran that "nothing short of full cessation and dismantling of Iran's fuel cycle efforts would give the EU3 the objective guarantees they need that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful," a diplomat said, reading to AFP reports on the meeting.
On January 17, the EU and Iran held a second round of talks on a potentially lucrative trade pact after a deal clinched in November by the European bloc's three most powerful members -- the so-called EU3 of Britain, France and Germany -- under which Iran would suspend uranium enrichment.
The trade deal forms part of a package of possible incentives Iran could earn if the talks also manage to produce "objective guarantees" the country is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons as charged by the United States.
Iran has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment activities while the talks are in progress. The country insists it only wants to produce fuel for nuclear reactors, but there are fears the sensitive fuel cycle work could be geared towards making weapons.
The diplomat said the EU trio had agreed not to give Iran any "goodies until progress was made in the nuclear working group.
"The nuclear working group is setting the pace for the package of incentives," the diplomat said.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.