EU, Iran hold key meeting on Tehran nuclear plans

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator met in Berlin on Wednesday (September 27) for talks aimed at resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme, Iran and the EU said.

London, Sept 27: European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana
and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator met in Berlin on
Wednesday (September 27) for talks aimed at resolving the
dispute over Iran's nuclear programme, Iran and the EU said.

Larijani was originally scheduled to meet Solana on the
sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York last
week but never showed up.

The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and
China have offered Tehran economic and political incentives
if it suspends uranium enrichment, which the West believes
is part of a nuclear weapons programme.

Tehran says its nuclear enrichment activities are aimed
solely at generating electricity and has refused to halt
them.

The Washington Times reported earlier this week that
Iran was close to a deal that would include a temporary,
90-day suspension of uranium enrichment and clear the way
for negotiations on the details of the package.

Iran, however, dismissed this report as propaganda.
French officials said Larijani offered to consider a
temporary enrichment suspension at a meeting with Solana
two weeks ago. Western diplomats said details of this
possible suspension would be discussed at Wednesday's
meeting in Berlin.

If Iran does not suspend enrichment, the United States
and the "EU3" -- France, Germany and Britain -- have agreed
to ask the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on the
Islamic republic. China and Russia oppose sanctions and
would prefer to reopen negotiations with Iran.

Bureau Report

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