23 October 2004 -- A senior Iranian lawmaker has rejected Europe's call for Tehran to halt all uranium-enrichment activities in return for civilian nuclear technology.
In comments reported today by the conservative newspaper "Ressalat," Alaeddin Brujerdi says the European proposal is an "excessive demand that is contrary to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and unacceptable."
Brujerdi chairs the parliament's national security and foreign policy committee.
The Iranian government -- which denies allegations that it is developing a nuclear weapon program -- has not yet reacted to the proposal that Britain, France, and Germany presented on 21 October in Vienna.
The plan offers Tehran light-water nuclear reactors and other technology that would produce less fissionable material than the heavy-water reactor it is planning to build.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell today said that Washington has seen no sign Iran will meet international concerns over its nuclear program and may push next month for the matter to be referred to the UN Security Council.