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New Iranian Negotiator Backs Talks On Nuclear Standoff

16 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's newly appointed chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, says further talks can resolve its atomic standoff with the West, but insists Tehran will not give up its plans to develop a full nuclear-fuel cycle.

The negotiator was speaking in an interview published today in Iran's "Sharq" daily, one day after he was installed as secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. He will also be in charge of future nuclear negotiations with the international community.

Iran angered the European Union and the United States by resuming uranium conversion at the Isfahan plant earlier this month.

At the Isfahan plant today, hundreds of demonstrators, mainly students, gathered in support of the country's nuclear program.


For RFE/RL's complete coverage of the controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear program, see "Iran's Nuclear Program."