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Iran Softens Tone In Nuclear Standoff

10 October 2005 -- Iran today said it has made a "strategic choice" to pursue negotiations over its disputed nuclear program.

Ali Agha Mohammadi, spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told the student news agency ISNA that "there is no other way forward except through talks" in the nuclear dispute between Tehran and the international community.

Iran insists it only wants to make nuclear reactor fuel and that it has a right to do so as a signatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

But the European Union and the United States have expressed fears that Iran is using this atomic energy drive as a means to acquire the technology needed to make weapons.

The UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in September passed a resolution saying Tehran is not in compliance with nuclear proliferation safeguards -- which could prompt the case to be sent to the UN Security Council.


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