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UN urges Tehran to continue nuclear negotiations with EU

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

United Nations, New York, Aug 2, IRNA
Iran-IAEA-Nuclear
Spokesman for UN Secretary General said here Monday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has asked Iran to continue with its nuclear negotiations with the European troika of Britain, Germany, and France.

Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the UN headquarters that the secretary general of the IAEA has urged Tehran to refrain from any step which may complicate matters.

"The nuclear watchdog agency is making progress in resolving the outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear program," he added.

The head of the publicity committee for Iran Supreme National Security council (SNSC) said Monday that the seal at the Isfahan UCF facilities will be broken under the strict supervision by the IAEA representatives.

The US press devoted wide-spread coverage to Iran's nuclear issue on Monday.

Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said Monday that Iran's deadline to Europe to submit its proposal will end at 1700 hours local time on Monday.

"Iran will take its own decision at the end of the deadline and resume part of its nuclear activities."
Asked about the possibility of discontinuation of talks with the EU-3, he stressed, "We have made no decision to halt the negotiations.

We would like to proceed with the negotiations."
In response to a question whether Iran would restart part of its nuclear activities as of 1700 hours Monday, he noted: "The (exact) timing would be subject to technical issues but Iran will not give in to further procrastination (on behalf of EU)."
"We will start (only) part of the activity to prove our goodwill again and we are ready to continue the talks."
Asked if uranium enrichment would be part of the resumption at this stage, he said part of the activity would be a prelude to enrichment but full enrichment is not on the agenda.

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