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Manuchehr Mottaki (right) with Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht on 20 February (epa)
21 February 2006 -- Iranian and Russian officials resumed talks in Moscow today on a Russian plan to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff.
Russia hopes to persuade Iran to reinstate a moratorium on uranium-enrichment activities by offering to create a joint enterprise that would enrich uranium for Tehran on Russian territory.
But the head of the Iranian delegation, Ali Hosseini-Tash, on 20 February ruled out linking a moratorium on uranium enrichment and talks on the Russian proposal.
AFP quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki as saying today that Iran will no longer have talks over its nuclear program with the so-called EU-3 of Britain, France, and Germany. Instead, he said Iran would deal with individual European countries.
Negotiations between Iran and the EU-3 broke off when Tehran announced in January that it is resuming activities linked to uranium enrichment.
(compiled from agency reports)
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