Iran says it will not go back on its decision to restart nuclear work, despitewarnings from the European Union that a resumption of atomic activity would effectively kill talks.
The EU3 – Britain, France and Germany – had been due to offer Iran a package of incentives in return for an end to nuclear fuel reprocessing.
The trio is now seeking a special session of the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, to discuss the way forward. “I am asking the Iranians to return to the negotiating table,” said French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy.
“If they don’t accept what the IAEA board of governors say, then it seems to me that the international community will have to take this case to the United Nations Security Council.” Tehran says it is willing to continue talks but insists that the EU recognisesits right to enrich uranium for energy use.
It is understood preparations are underway at the reprocessing plant in the central city of Isfahan for a resumption of nuclear fuel work in the coming days.
EU diplomats say there is still a window of opportunity for talks as long as the activity does not actually begin.