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Iranian Answer On Key Nuclear Deal Imminent

11 November 2004 -- Iran is expected to give today its formal response to Britain, France, and Germany on whether it will agree to a suspension of some of its nuclear activities in order to avoid possible UN sanctions.

Senior Iranian diplomat and nuclear negotiator Hussein Musavian said the answer "will very probably" be given by tonight.

Musavian said that "it is not yet clear" if Iran's clerical leadership would approve or reject a tentative agreement reached last week in Paris with the three European Union states.

The Europeans are pushing for Iran to accept a suspension of its work on the nuclear fuel cycle, including the enrichment of uranium, to ease international alarm over what the United States alleges is a covert weapons drive.

In return, Europe's three major powers are offering Iran civilian nuclear technology.