Sunday, September 10, 2006

Iran insists no preconditions for atomic talks

Iran will not accept any preconditions for talks on its nuclear programme, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday, and also dismissed the idea Iran would accept suspension of its atomic work.

"Suspension is an issue that is in the past. We cannot return to the past. We want talks without any precondition," Hamid Reza Asefi told a weekly news conference.

Iran has long insisted it will not halt uranium enrichment as a precondition for nuclear talks, defying U.N. demands. The latest statement comes as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana have been discussing Iran's atomic plans in Vienna.
Iran broke off negotiations with the EU3 when it restarted its uraninum enrichment program. Now they want to blame the West for not restarting the negotiations.