Larijani: Iran to Talk with EU3 Before Next IAEA Meeting

March 2, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani here on Thursday announced that Iran will hold talks with the EU3 before the next IAEA meeting on Iran's nuclear program.

At a press conference in the Iranian embassy in Moscow, he said Tehran was determined to negotiate with representatives of the three influential European states (Britain, Germany, France) before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) holds its next session on March 6.

"In order to defend our rights within the framework of international rules and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), we are ready to negotiate with the European states," he added.

"Does this mean that your talks yesterday with the Russian officials were not fruitful?" Larijani was asked by a reporter.

In response, Larijani said: "You are judging so hastily. I believe that we should give time to diplomats to think." There have been agreements with the Russian side but the issue (Russia's proposal) needs more consideration, he added.

The Americans do not want Russia to be successful in its nuclear proposal since they do not like the idea of Moscow playing a significant role in resolving Iran's nuclear case, he said, adding that they would even put obstacles in this regard.

On the idea of Iran suspending its nuclear activities, Larijani said: "We do not see the need since all our activities are based on international rules and IAEA regulations." Larijani and members of his team held a third round of nuclear talks with Russian officials yesterday.

The head of Russia's Security Council, Igor Ivanov, headed the Russian delegation in the talks.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, described the talks as "very useful" but said more time was needed to consider a package of proposals in connection with Russia's proposal to enrich uranium on Iran's behalf.

The first and second rounds of talks on Russia's proposal for joint uranium enrichment with Iran was held in Tehran and Moscow in January and February, respectively.