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Iran Says It Will No Longer Honor Nuclear Promises

31 July 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said today Iran will no longer honor commitments to the EU on achieving transparency in the Iranian nuclear program.

Kharrazi said Britain, France, and Germany, negotiating on behalf of the EU, "have not fulfilled their commitments towards Iran," and Tehran does not see "any obligations to stick to them."

He confirmed Iran had resumed making parts for centrifuges used for enriching uranium, but said Tehran is still committed to a suspension of enrichment.

In October last year Iran agreed with the three European nations to halt certain aspects of its nuclear program. In return, the Europeans pledged to help Iran resolve its problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but judging that Iran had not adequately cooperated, later sponsored a tough resolution critical of Iran.

Officials from Iran and the three European states met in Paris this week but issued no public statement.