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Originally posted by Muaddib
The Europeans declined to respond to a list of demands made by Iran last week about its right to have nuclear technology, instead the European countries are urging Iran to make good the promise to put to rest the suspicions about its nuclear intentions.
Iran Seeks Support on Nuclear Technology
But diplomats said Iran's demands undermine the effort by France, Germany and Britain to avoid a confrontation. They had hoped to persuade Tehran to give up technology that can produce nuclear arms, but now are closer to the Bush administration's view that Iran should be referred to the U.N. Security Council for violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the diplomats said.
The Iranian list, presented during talks in Paris, includes demands that the three European powers:
Support Iran's insistence its nuclear program have access to ``advanced technology, including those with dual use,'' which is equipment and know-how that has both peaceful and weapons applications.
``Remove impediments'' - sales restrictions imposed by nuclear supplier nations - preventing Iran access to such technology.
Give assurances they will stick by any commitment to Iran even if faced with ``legal (or) political ... limitations,'' an apparent allusion to potential Security Council sanctions.
Agree to sell Iran conventional weapons.
Commit to push ``rigorously and systematically'' for a non-nuclear Middle East and to ``provide security assurances'' against a nuclear attack on Iran, both allusions to Israel, which is believed to have nuclear arms and which destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in a 1981 airstrike to prevent it from making atomic arms.
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Iran had agreed in October last year to suspend its activities enriching uranium and to cooperate with the investigation for exchange from France, Germany and the UK to provide technology for peaceful nuclear program after Iran responded to all open questions. Iran stopped enrichment programs but continued with other related activities and last week Iran announced that it has resumed full-scale production of centrifuges which are used in uranium enrichment.
[edit on 9-8-2004 by Muaddib]