Iran, Europe agree nuclear talks, no date yet
TEHRAN (AFP) Nov 28, 2005
Iran and Britain, France and Germany have agreed to resume talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme but no time or venue for the discussions have been set, student news agency ISNA reported.
"The agenda, time and venue of the talks is not set yet, but both sides will first hold the talks on the experts level then on the higher level," the spokesman for Iran's supreme national security council, Hossein Entezami was quoted as saying.
He was responding to an offer by the EU-3 to resume direct talks with the Islamic republic on its nuclear programme. Washington accuses Iran of using it as a cover for nuclear weapons development, charges vehemently rejected by Tehran.
"It does not make any difference whether the talks are official or unofficial, the important thing is to talk. However the talks should have a time frame," he added.
On Sunday, a diplomat told AFP that the foreign ministers of EU-3 have written to Iran's top national security official Ali Larijani with an offer of new direct talks on Iran.
According to the semi-official Mehr news agency on Sunday, the letter was handed to Javad Vaidi -- one of Iran's negotiating team -- in response to a letter from Larijani which called for a resumption of negotiations.
Entezami reaffirmed Tehran's insistance that it would enrich uranium on Iranian soil, saying it had not received any proposals from Russia on moving its enrichment facilities abroad.
Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki said at a press conference during a visit to Azerbaijan on Monday that Tehran has a right to enrich uranium as part of its nuclear energy program, saying "no force" can stop it from doing so.
"The enrichment of uranium is Iran's internal affair. It is the right of any state and no force can prevent the state from exercising this right." he 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.