October 23, 2007

Iran and EU nuclear meeting

Iranian negotiators and the EU hope for more talks on Iran's nuclear program in coming weeks after a "constructive" meeting, despite a warning by Iran's president that his country would not retreat "one iota." The first meeting with Western diplomats for Iran's newly-appointed chief negotiator Saeed Jalili was overshadowed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rejection of calls to suspend uranium enrichment -- the key demand of the U.N. Security Council. Iran's refusal to halt work that can be used to make fuel for power plants or, if it wants, material for warheads, has prompted two sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions. The West fears Iran's nuclear program could be aimed at making bombs.

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