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Iran Says Ambiguities Still Persist On Crucial Issues

12 March 2005 -- The head of Iran's team negotiating with European Union states says that a number of central issues on Iran's nuclear program remain unresolved.

The diplomat, Sirus Nasseri, said today that the negotiators were unable to resolve what he called "ambiguities" in some main issues.

Four days of EU-Iran nuclear talks ended yesterday in Geneva apparently still deadlocked over Europe's demand that Tehran give up uranium enrichment.

In Washington yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the United States supports diplomatic efforts by France, Germany, and Britain to persuade Iran to cease uranium enrichment and reprocessing -- activities that could be used to develop nuclear weapons.

"We have said for quite a long time now that we supported this diplomatic effort and that we wanted it to succeed and that Iran ought to take the opportunity given to it," Rice said.

Rice, speaking late yesterday in Washington, said the United States is ready to offer Iran some economic incentives if it abandons its most sensitive nuclear activities.