Thursday, August 25, 2005

Iran Looks Beyond Talks With 'Euro-3'

Radio Free Europe:
Iran today said it sees no justification in continuing nuclear negotiations exclusively with Britain, France, and Germany -- the so-called Euro-3. Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, today questioned on state television whether the three states were the only suitable negotiation partners.

Iran has rejected a European package of security incentives in exchange for renouncing nuclear activities, which the West fears may be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran insists it has a right to a peaceful nuclear program and has resumed some nuclear activities.

Larijani noted that Iran could continue nuclear talks with other countries within the UN International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 35-country board of governors. READ MORE

Russia, meanwhile, said it sees no evidence that Iran is violating the global nuclear nonproliferation regime.

Russian media quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying "there is no reason to think" Iran has acted illegally concerning the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Under the treaty, which Iran has signed, Tehran may process and enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.