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Mullahs of Iran, EU Reach an Agreement - Persian Journal Latest Iran news & Iranian Article News paper

Mullahs of Iran, EU Reach an Agreement - Persian Journal Latest Iran news & Iranian Article News paper: " Iran News

Mullahs of Iran, EU Reach an Agreement
Nov 7, 2004, 12:00

Iran and European nations reached a preliminary agreement about Iran's nuclear program at talks hoped to avoid a U.N. showdown, but all countries involved still must approve it, Iran's chief negotiator said Sunday.

If approved, the deal could be a major breakthrough following months of threats and negotiations and could spare Iran from being referred to the U.N. Security Council, where the United States has warned it would seek economic sanctions.

The preliminary agreement worked out with Britain, France and Germany could be finalized in the next few days, chief Iranian negotiator Hossein Mousavian told state-run Iranian television from Paris, where talks wrapped up Saturday.

"We had 22 hours of negotiations ... They were very difficult and complicated negotiations but we reached a preliminary agreement at the expert level," Mousavian said. "It contains the basic viewpoints of the two sides. The four countries are to take this to their capitals (for final approval)."

Mousavian said he was optimistic the preliminary agreement would be approved and, if it is, said that it would be announced in the next few days.

He did not provide further details on the agreement."

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