Iran has restated its intention to restart nuclear activity, just days before the European Union is set to offer Tehran a package designed to persuade the country to give up suspect atomic work. Outgoing President, Mohammad Khatami, said activity had only been suspended while the EU prepared its proposal, and that work would resume as soon as it was delivered. Britain, France and Germany plan to offer a series of nuclear, economic and political incentives to the Iranian government after the new president takes up office next Wednesday. But there is growing pessimism that an agreement that will appease western concerns over Iran’s nuclear intentions can be reached. While Tehran insists its only goal is atomic energy, the United States in particular remains convinced the real aim is to develop atomic weapons. The EU trio have warned Iran they will join Washington in seeking United Nations Security Council action if Tehran makes good on its threats to resume nuclear activities.
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