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IAEA To Continue Emergency Iran Talks

11 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The governing board of the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is expected to continue an emergency meeting today to discuss Iran's resumption of work at a uranium-conversion plant.

Diplomats say the 35-member board will discuss a resolution that strongly urges Iran to suspend activities at its Isfahan plant, but does not suggest the case be turned over to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

In London, Iran's chief delegate to the IAEA, Sirus Nasseri, told the BBC's "Newsnight" program it would be a "grave miscalculation" to refer the matter to the UN Security Council.

At the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he has hope Iran and the European Union countries of Germany, France, and Britain will continue talks to end the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions.

"I have indications from both sides that they are prepared to continue the search for a solution," Annan said.

Annan's remarks came at the end of a day in which Iran removed UN-placed seals on equipment at the Isfahan plant, allowing the facility to return to full capacity.