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EU repeats condition to resume nuclear talks with Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, Oct 12, IRNA
The British Minister for Europe, Douglas Alexander, opened a debate on Iran in the European Parliament Wednesday evening reiterating the European Union's condition to resume negotiations with the Islamic Republic on the nuclear issue.

''We have urged Iran to reinstate a full suspension and come back to talks on the basis of the Paris Agreement,'' Alexander, whose country holds the current EU Presidency, told the plenary session of the EP.

He said that the resolution passed by the IAEA Board of Governors on 24 September ''makes clear the depth of international concern '' at Iran's decision to resume enrichment activity.

''It remains to be seen how Iran will respond. Iran has the opportunity now to come in line with the request made by the IAEA Board.''
''We hope that it will choose that constructive part,'' said the UK minister.

The EU, he noted, has made clear that we are willing to work with Iran and as part of possible long-term agreement to open the door to closer economic, political and social cooperation.

Alexander claimed that the choices that the new government in Tehran will make effect not only Iran's future in the region , but also some of Europe's vital interests.

He noted that Iran has vast potentials. ''It has a young well-educated population..and many Iranians are highly
''Combined with Iran's immense natural resources, particularly oil and minerals this should create a vibrant economy and society if the new government can create a culture of opportunity.''
No one, not the EU nor the wider international community is trying to prevent Iran from generating electricity by nuclear power, he stated.

Alexander criticized the human rights situation in Iran saying there were ''continuous and serious violations.''
The EP is to vote on a resolution on Iran on Thursday.



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