Friday, February 25, 2005

Iran Confident of Nuclear Talks Result

Talks between Iran and Europe on Iran's nuclear programme should yield positive results in March and U.S. help in those negotiations would be welcome, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani has said.

"We are confident that with effective measures from all four sides, we can see a positive result in March," Rohani said, referring to the talks with Britain, France and Germany.

"Our negotiating partners are the three European countries. We would welcome it, see it as positive, if the Americans offered help here," he added, following talks with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. ...

Rohani said both sides in the talks were convinced that more dynamism was needed.

"The results of these talks don't just affect the Iranian nuclear programme, but also the strengthening of relations between Iran and Europe and the removal of many problems in the region," he said, according to comments translated into German.

Fischer was less upbeat, stressing the need for "goal-oriented" talks.

"It's not easy. It's a tough challenge," he said. ...