EU foreign ministers have agreed to give Iran two more weeks to clarify its stance on halting sensitive nuclear work. It comes after Tehran ignored a UN deadline to suspend uranium enrichment. France’s representative, Philipe Douste-Blazy, spelt out the ministers’ position at their meeting in Finland:
“I hear the Iranians say they are ready to negotiate and their position is well known. If they, on their part, suspend their sensitive nuclear activities of uranium enrichment, we will suspend the sanctions process at the UN Security,” he said. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will meet Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator next week to try to clear up ambiguities in Tehran’s reply to an offer of cooperation on nuclear energy if it stops work that could help build a bomb. But the defiant rhetoric is continuing form the Iranian leadership. President Ahmadinejad reiterated previous statements that his country has no intention of giving up its nuclear activities. Iran insists it is only trying to develop a source of energy.