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Group 5+1 meeting ends without any results

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Paris, Dec 2, IRNA
Iran-Group 5+1
Representatives of the Group 5+1 failed to make a breakthrough in France on Saturday afternoon amid division over clean health bill Iran got from the UN nuclear agency on November 15.

Iran won a victory over the US on November 15 when International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei verified civilian nature of Iranian nuclear program and non-diversion of nuclear materials in Iran.

A French official, briefing reporters after the meeting, said that the six countries had begun work on a new sanctions resolution based on a draft.

But he said that there was no agreement now, and that any resolution would have to be a compromise. "It won't be a dramatic breakthrough," he said.

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said in an interview with Le Figaro on Friday that he does not believe in new sanctions on Iran and that the European states do not support sanctions.

Observers in Paris believe that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana's report to the six countries may have divided them.

They say that Solana was proponent of the modality plan agreed upon by Iran and IAEA to resolve the outstanding issues about Iranian nuclear program last August and now that Iran has got a clean health bill from IAEA, Solana has no excuse but to proceed with dialogue with Iran which have proved fruitful until now.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in his letter to president of the UN Security Council, United Nations Secretary Genera Ban Ki-moon and the UN General Assembly that after Iran got clear health bill from the UN nuclear agency there is no excuse for the Security Council to examine the case and that it should be referred to the specialized agency, IAEA.

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