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World powers want "constructive" Iranian nuclear stance

09 March 2011 [19:17] - TODAY.AZ
Six world powers presented a united front against Iran's intransigence Wednesday when they called on the country to be more constructive than in the previous nuclear talks in Istanbul.

It was the first time in two years that the United States, Britain, France and Germany could agree with Russia and China to hold a joint statement at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) governing board, DPA reported.

Commenting on their Istanbul meeting with Iran in January, the six countries said: "At that meeting, it was not possible to reach any substantive result."

The world powers had proposed practical confidence- building steps in Istanbul in January.

"We look to Iran to engage in future in a similarly constructive spirit," Russian envoy Grigory Berdennikov said on behalf of the group.

Iran had raised preconditions of dropping UN sanctions and getting a green light for continuing enriching uranium. The group asked Iran to "demonstrate a pragmatic attitude."

Russia and China have often been reluctant in the past to take a hard stance towards Iran.

In separate statements, the European Union and the US expressed concerns about information the IAEA has received on possible Iranian activities that look like they are related to developing a nuclear weapon.

IAEA director general Yukiya Amano said Monday that fresh information received from one or more countries concerned possible activities that happened after 2003, when Iran's secret nuclear programme was uncovered.

"We stand fully behind the director general's assessment," US ambassador Glyn Davies told reporters.

In his latest Iran report, Amano not only mentioned the new information, but also highlighted material previously received from several intelligence agencies pointing to seven weapons-specific nuclear research or development projects.

Iran has called these documents and data fabricated.


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