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Iran: Problems With EU Countries In Nuclear Talks

6 November 2004 -- An Iranian negotiator says some problems remain at talks with Britain, France, and Germany on resolving a dispute over Iran's nuclear program but that he still hopes an understanding can be reached.

Iranian delegate Sirus Naseri was speaking on the second day of the talks in Paris. A French delegate had said after the talks that some progress was being made.

The United States accuses Iran of pursuing uranium enrichment in order to develop nuclear weapons and wants the matter referred to the UN Security Council. Iran denies the charge.

The talks in Paris are said to be deadlocked over the duration of a suspension, as well as the timing or scope of incentives that the EU could offer Iran.

Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said during a visit to Tehran today that it would be better if the matter were not referred to the Security Council, where China has the power to veto any sanctions against Iran.