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EU urged to continue nuclear talks with Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Aug 12, IRNA
Iran Nuclear-EU
Two leading UK dailies Friday called on Britain, France and Germany to continue negotiations with Iran to seek a solution to its nuclear programme.

"It has been brave and right for the Europeans to try the diplomatic route and, in spite of the disappointments of the last week, they must keep on trying," the Guardian said.

"That is preferable to another Iraq-style international crisis and the danger either of a US or Israeli air strike against Iranian nuclear installations, or of Iran announcing one day that it has the bomb," it warned in its editorial.

On Thursday, the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna passed a resolution expressing "serious concern" over Iran's resumption of nuclear work, but did decline to call for the case to be referred to the UN as previously threatened.

"Vienna has demonstrated the limits of European policy, exposing its lack of influence over Iran. The prospect of a trade agreement with Iran has not proved to be enough; but nor has the threat of UN economic sanctions," the Guardian said.

But it said "the hope remains that Iran, negotiating from a position of strength, its national pride intact, may yet opt for a compromise."
It also referred to Tehran saying it would like to keep negotiations going and said this was "encouraging."
The paper was supported by the Financial Times saying that although Iran "contemptuously dismissed" the EU package of incentives to abandon its nuclear programme, "it remains the case that the only likely way forward is the path of engagement." "Distasteful as it may be to Washington, the US and the EU need to agree, explicitly and publicly, on real incentives for Tehran, including clear security guarantees and a new security architecture in the (Persian) Gulf inclusive of Iran," it proposed.

But the daily believed that although there was "no guarantee Iran will respond to carrots," that the offer of a deal "still look a better bet than the available sticks."
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