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No decision on referring Iran to Security Council, says Straw

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Newport, Wales, Sept 2, IRNA
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British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Thursday that no decision would be taken during the two-day EU foreign ministers meeting in Wales on referring Iran to the UN over its nuclear program.

The EU would be first awaiting for the IAEA report on Saturday and also consulting with other countries before deciding what position member states would take at the board meeting on September 19, he said.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the first day of the EU meeting in Newport, South Wales, Straw said that foreign ministers "regretted" that Iran had rejected proposals negotiated by Britain, France, and Germany.

The key to resolving the concern over its nuclear program was for Iran to take "confidence-building steps," he said, expressing hope that Iran reconsiders its decision to resume its enrichment activities.

Iran was the first topic discussed by the EU foreign ministers after assembling in Newport for their six-monthly informal meeting under the UK presidency.

Other issues raised included EU plans to start accession talks with Turkey in October as well as ongoing negotiations with Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia, which have run into difficulties.

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