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EU Disappointed By Talks With Iran

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani (left) with the EU's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana (file photo) (Fars) July 11, 2006 – The European Union says it is disappointed with the lack of progress in talks with Iran following the latest in a series of high-level meetings about Iran's nuclear program.

The EU said the talks in Brussels produced no result. The EU has been urging Iran to accept an international package of incentives intended to persuade Iran to suspend efforts to develop its nuclear program.

The EU also rejected Iranian assertions that it had failed to clear up questions about the package.

Iran's top negotiator, Ali Larijani, said after the talks that negotiations would be a "long process," but he said he saw "no reason to be skeptical" about the outcome of negotiations.

He said Iran wants "to allow more time for negotiations" and said that "a supportive round must be held for confidence building."

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is due to report on the talks to EU foreign ministers in Paris on July 12.

(AFP, Reuters, AP)

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