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Second Round Of Iran-EU Nuclear Talks Postponed

Larijani (left) and Solana in Tehran in June (Fars) September 13, 2006 -- A spokeswoman for EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana says a meeting between him and top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani has been postponed.

Solana had been scheduled to meet with Larijani in Paris on September 14. It would have been their second meeting in a week to discuss the dispute over Iran's nuclear activities.

Instead, aides to Solana and Larijani are now scheduled to meet in Paris.

Earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he believes Iran had slightly moderated its position on its uranium-enrichment activities.

The United States, however, reiterated its belief that Iran is aggressively pursuing nuclear weapons. Tehran has said its work is for peaceful purposes.


Talking Technical

Talking Technical

A control panel at the Bushehr nuclear power plant (Fars)

CASCADES AND CENTRIFUGES: Experts and pundits alike continue to debate the goals and status of Iran's nuclear program. It remains unclear whether the program is, as Tehran insists, a purely peaceful enegy project or, as the United States claims, part of an effort to acquire nuclear weapons.
On June 7, 2006, RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel spoke with nuclear expert Shannon Kile of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Sweden to help sort through some of the technical issues involved. "[Natanz] will be quite a large plant," Kile said. "There will be about 50,000 centrifuges and how much enriched uranium that can produce [is] hard to say because the efficiency of the centrifuges is not really known yet. But it would clearly be enough to be able to produce enough [highly-enriched uranium] for a nuclear weapon in fairly short order, if that's the route that they chose to go...." (more)


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