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Iran's Larijani arrives in Berlin for talks with EU's Solana

27 September 2006 [14:04] - TODAY.AZ
Iran's top nuclear negotiator has arrived in Berlin to discuss Iran's nuclear research program with the European Union's foreign policy chief, Iran's Supreme National Security Council said Wednesday.

Many in the West suspect the controversial program of covertly seeking to acquire nuclear weapons, a claim Iran has consistently rejected.

Javier Solana and Ali Larijani, head the influential Supreme National Security Council, last met September 10 in Vienna, where the sides said some progress was made on a series of issues.

On September 14, experts from Iran and the EU met to discuss Iran's atomic research program in Geneva.

Under a UN Security Council resolution, Tehran was to have suspended uranium enrichment by August 31 as a precondition for further talks on a package of incentives that six negotiators on Iran's program -- Russia, the United Kingdom, China, France, the United States and Germany -- worked out in June.

Tehran's response to those incentives was handed to the Iran-6 group August 22. According to media reports, Iran claims it will consider suspending its uranium enrichment program only after talks.

However, the vice president of the Iranian National Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Saeedi, said Tuesday that Larijani and Solana will not discuss Tehran's moratorium on uranium enrichment.

/RIA Novosti/


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