European Union foreign policy head Javier Solana said his talks with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani were constructive and he hoped for a further round of talks in three weeks. The pair were meeting in Lisbon. Larijani said his country wanted to settle its nuclear dispute with the west through diplomacy.
Iran, OPEC’s second-largest oil exporter, claims it needs nuclear power to generate electricity to export more gas and oil. Tehran has so far refused to suspend its uranium enrichment programme as demanded by the UN Security Council. Six world powers the US, Britain, Russia, France, Germany and China have begun discussing a third series of UN sanctions against Iran over its continued nuclear defiance. Asked if a new tranche of sanctions would derail the diplomatic process Larijani replied “such resolutions will bear no results.”