In what is being seen as a major blow to the West’s hopes of defusing tension over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Iran says it will not hesitate to make more highly enriched unranium itself if there is no deal reached during talks with Western powers in Vienna.
Shortly before the meeting – with the UN’s Atomic Energy Agency, Russia, France and the United States – Iranian state television said Iran will not hold direct talks with France because it has failed to deliver its nuclear materials in the past. The West fears Iran is seeking to make a nuclear weapon which Tehran denies. Under an arrangement made in Geneva earlier this month, Russia and France agreed to treat low-enriched uranium from Iran and turn it into fuel rods for a research reactor in Tehran. But Iran has only sent a junior-level technical delegation to the Vienna talks raising questions about Iran’s commitment.