posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 01:26 AM
The president of Iran has indicated that his country has mad 5 sets of proposals to the EU3. Mohammad Khatami made his comments on the heels of
Iranian officials describing the ongoing talks as unsatisfactory and too slow. Furthermore, Iran's chief negotiator indicated that they may walk away
from the negotiations
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president said Monday that Tehran has given a set of proposals to three key European states involved in talks on Iran's nuclear
program, which he stressed must be expanded to provide his country with more energy.
Mohammad Khatami's remarks came a day after Iranian officials described progress on nuclear talks with Europe as unsatisfactory and too slow, while
Iran's chief negotiator warned it soon may walk away from the discussions.
Europe is seeking Iranian guarantees that it will not use its nuclear technology to build bombs, something which the United States claims Tehran is
determined to do. But Iran says its nuclear program is aimed at producing energy.
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It's a interesting gambit to be sure. Iran clearly has its eyes set on weapons production. However, its desire for a non fossil fuel energy
alternative is legitimate as well. Just because you can pump the crude out of the ground does not mean you have refining capacity as well. AT any
rate, they do have a legitimate concern regarding the potential for blackmail regarding nuclear fuel provided by Europe. I think the compromise is
going to be suspension of nuclear activities, but I doubt they will give it up.