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Europe Concerned About Iran's Enrichment Plan

The Bushehr nuclear plant in Iran (file photo) (AFP) 4 January 2006 -- France and Germany have voiced concern over Iran's plans to resume its nuclear fuel research program.

Iran yesterday notified the UN's nuclear agency, the IAEA, that it had decided to go ahead with the research as soon as next week.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei today called Iran's announcement "very worrying" and said "full doubts remain" about the goals of Iran's nuclear program.

In Berlin, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iran's decision could endanger the next round of nuclear talks with Germany, France and Britain. Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, has called Tehran's decision "not negotiable."

Iran suspended its nuclear research program in 2003 as part of a deal with the European Union to halt its uranium processing and enrichment.


Iran's Youth

Iran's Youth

FOCUS ON YOUTH: Kaveh Basmenji is the head of RFE/RL's Persian-language Radio Farda. He was born in Tehran in 1961 and began working as a journalist at the age of 16. He recently spoke with RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari about his book "Tehran Blues" (Read an excerpt from the book.) and the role of youth in Iranian society today... (more).

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