US, EU-3 to confer on Iran offer of nuclear talks
WASHINGTON (AFP) Nov 07, 2005
The United States will on Monday contact EU diplomats about reports that Iran had sent a letter seeking to renew talks on its controversial nuclear weapons program.
"We will be in touch with the EU-3 on Monday morning so we can become fully informed about the letter's content but until we are in touch with the EU-3 we are going to withhold comment," State Department spokesperson Justin Higgins told AFP.
Iranian news agencies reported that the country's top nuclear official, Ali Larijani, had sent a letter to foreign ministers from Britain, France and Germany "insisting on the necessity of negotiations".
However, Iran was swiftly rebuffed so long as it rejects a renewed freeze on fuel cycle work.
Talks between Iran and the so-called EU-3 broke off in August when Iran resumed uranium conversion in defiance of international calls to maintain a suspension.
Officials said Iran would convert a fresh batch of uranium ore in a flagrant rejection of EU calls for a renewed freeze on such activities that prompted an EU diplomat to reject the Iranian request out-of-hand.
"If these reports were true this would be another step that would take Iran in the wrong direction and serves only to further isolate Iran from the international community," Higgins 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.