Iran says it is willing to continue negotiations over its nuclear programme. But only on its own terms.
A spokesman said the Islamic Republic was not going to wait for more European proposals but had ideas of its own to end the standoff. The comments came as the International Atomic Energy Agency discussed the failure of EU efforts to dissuade Iran from resuming its nuclear activity. IAEA chief, Mohammed ElBaradei, said: “I call on all parties to continue the negotiating process. I do not believe that any of these issues can be resolved outside the negotiating process. Confidence building is a long-term process and requires a dialogue.” Outside the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog’s building in Vienna, a rally urged the body to get tough on Tehran. Demonstrators say the country’s nuclear plans are military, not civilian. “It’s obviously a programme designed to acquire nuclear weapons, so we think it’s time that the file of the mullahs’ nuclear project be referred to the UN Security Council immediately,” said one. Iran’s traditional ally, Russia, is calling on Tehran to co-operate with the IAEA and France says it believes negotiations can continue.