The European Union has called an emergency meeting of the UN’s atomic energy agency after Iran rejected its incentives to suspend its nuclear fuel work. Britain, France and Germany, known as the EU3, said the plan aimed to allow Tehran access to nuclear technology, but would block work that could lead to the country developing an atomic bomb. The United States had backed the package, which includes a proposal to let Iran develop a civilian nuclear programme if it halts uranium enrichment activities. The new Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not specifically mention the nuclear issue as he was sworn in yesterday. But he did say Tehran respects international rules and “will not give in to those who want to violate our rights.” The EU3 says it remains open to further talks but its called a meeting of the UN’s nuclear watchdog on Tuesday to warn Iran against restarting sensitive nuclear work which could lead to sanctions.
Iran turns downs EU nuclear proposals