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Iran: Tehran Agrees To Suspend Uranium-Enrichment Program

Tehran, 21 October 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Iran has agreed with visiting European Union diplomats to suspend its disputed uranium-enrichment program and sign an agreement allowing tougher UN inspections of its nuclear sites. The agreement was made today by senior Iranian and European diplomats. It comes after Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer in Tehran.

The three EU officials came to Tehran to encourage Iran to comply with the 31 October deadline by the International Atomic Energy Agency to prove it has no secret program for producing nuclear weapons.

The United States has accused Iran of harboring a program to develop nuclear weapons. But Iran insists its nuclear facilities are only for generating electricity.