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Iran Nuclear Official To Meet With German Officials

25 February 2005 -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator and chief of the Supreme National Security Council, Hassan Rowhani, is due to continue his talks in Europe today with meetings with German officials in Berlin.

After talks in Paris yesterday with French President Jacques Chirac, Rowhani spoke of a new dynamism in negotiations on Iran's nuclear program with France, Britain, and Germany. No further details were given.

Chirac's spokesman, Jerome Bonnafont, said the French president told Rowhani that Iran still needs to "give objective guarantees assuring that its nuclear program has no military purpose."

Chirac told Rowhani that if Iran gives such guarantees, it stands to gain international cooperation on its civil nuclear program as well as in the areas of trade, politics, and security.

The three European Union countries are seeking to persuade Iran to abandon uranium-enrichment activities that could be used for nuclear weapons in exchange for a package of benefits. Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful.