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Iran: Tehran Rejects EU Warning On Nuclear Issues

Tehran, 30 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry today rejected a European Union warning over Tehran's nuclear program, calling the warning "unacceptable" and "far removed from the principles of cooperation." Yesterday, EU foreign ministers said in a statement issued after a meeting in Brussels that a failure by Iran to come clean on the nuclear issue could adversely affect trade relations with the EU.

The ministers also said that economic relations with Iran could be endangered if Tehran fails to meet international concerns over global terrorism, human rights, and the Middle East peace process.

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has given Iran until 31 October to answer questions related to allegations that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.