Talks between Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and the European Union have apparently failed to make progress. Tehran is resisting Western pressure to give an answer to a proposal aimed at curbing its nuclear programme. Ali Larijani, the Islamic Republic’s representative, has been discussing the issue with the EU’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Brussels.
“We will make an analysis of the situation and see how to proceed,” Solana said.
Larijani said: “The road ahead is long and we will need to show a lot of patience and clarity.”
Meanwhile the Iranian president has again made remarks likely to increase tensions with the West. He told a rally that Israel opposes Islam and Muslims and wants to “take over the world.” Ahmadinejad says that a sucessful, peaceful nuclear programme is allowed under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and that it is also a matter of national pride – a view that seems to be shared by many Iranians.