Sunday, October 24, 2004

Europeans' proposals unbalanced

IRIB PERSIAN NEWS PAGE: "2004/10/24

Europeans' proposals unbalanced
11:43:03 Þ.Ù
Tehran, Oct 24 - Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Sunday termed the proposals suggested by the European countries to Iran on the country's nuclear activities as "unbalanced".

Talking to domestic and foreign reporters during his weekly press briefing, he urged the European countries to give assurances that they are able to fulfill their commitments and act upon their promises.

Asefi expressed the hope that bilateral talks would not lead to further complication of the issues.

The first round of talks between Iran and the European trio was held Thursday afternoon in Vienna, Austria.

Senior officials from the European trio of France, Britain and Germany and their Iranian counterparts, after three hours of talks behind the closed doors, agreed to continue their dialogue on Tehran's nuclear programs.

The unlimited suspension of Uranium enrichment was not discussed by representatives of the three European states and Iran during the Thursday meeting, Asefi said, adding "temporary suspension pending an agreement" was mentioned by the two sides.

He further reiterated that an unlimited suspension of Uranium enrichment is not the topic of discussion between Iran and the European trio.

Announcing that Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi is to start a trip to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on Monday, Asefi said the latest developments in bilateral cooperation as well as Iran's stands regarding its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency will be top on the agenda of talks to be held between Kharrazi and senior officials of the two Arab states."

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