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EU-Iran Nuclear Talks End Without Agreement

27 October 2004 -- Talks between Iranian negotiators and French, British, and German officials aimed at freezing Tehran's uranium-enrichment program ended today with no apparent agreement.

The three European countries want Iran to indefinitedly suspend its program to enrich uranium, a process that can make fuel for nuclear power plants or produce material for an atomic bomb. In exchange, the Europeans are offering to supply nuclear technology.

Sirius Naseri, a member of the Iranian delegation, said after the meeting that Iran will not accept total suspension "under any circumstances." But Naseri said the two sides will continue negotiations and the next meeting "will be soon."

Iranian state television said its delegation described today's talks as "very constructive" and would meet again in Europe soon.

If Iran rejects the European offer, diplomats say most European nations will back U.S. demands that Tehran be reported to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.