The diplomatic standoff between Iran and the West over its nuclear programme continues, with the US and Europe rejecting Tehran’s suggestions that a compromise can be reached.
Iranain President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told the West to use what he described as “a little logic” as discussions continue over whether to refer his country to the UN Security Council.
The French have told Tehran that it must suspend all nuclear activity before any negotiations can resume. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been holding talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana:
“I think it’s up to the Iranians to demonstrate that they’re not just talking, that they’re serious- I think the EU, as far as France, has already responded concerning whether or not they think it would make any sense to have discussions with the Iranians at this point, and my understanding is they believe it would not,” Rice said.
Solana added: “I think the position now is what we have said, and what the secretary has said again, which is to have the decision, to call for an extra-ordinary meeting in Vienna of the (IAEA) agency, and then to refer the dossier to the Security Council.”
Russia and China are reluctant to support a move that would take the Iranians to the Security Council and eventually apply sanctions. Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.