Thousands of Iranian protesters have held a demonstration in Brussels, calling on the European Union not to restart talks with Tehran over its nuclear programme. A Paris-based group opposed to the regime in Iran organised the rally, which also highlights the country’s human rights record.
Inside the EU buildings, foreign ministers were discussing the bloc’s response to a call by Iran to resume negotiations. Protest spokesman Shahin Gobadi said: “There is no more time for procrastination and vacillation. The file of the Iranian regime’s nuclear issue should be sent to the UN Security Council for binding resolutions immediately. There is no more time to be wasted.”
The EU has said Tehran must suspend uranium processing before negotiations can resume. It is the first time Iran has asked for talks since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in August.