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Iranian Alert - August 24, 2005 - Europeans call off atomic talks with Iran
Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.24.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/25/2005 12:35:43 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Europeans call off crucial atomic talks with Iran

Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:07 PM BST

By Paul Carrel

PARIS (Reuters) - European powers have called off August 31 talks with Iran over its nuclear programme, France said on Tuesday, marking a breakdown in two years of negotiations with Tehran to halt its sensitive atomic work.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said talks on a formal European proposal made earlier this month would not go ahead because Iran had resumed certain nuclear work in breach of a promise to freeze it while talks lasted.

Iran shrugged off the cancellation, but Washington voiced U.S. support for the decision.

Britain, France and Germany, acting on behalf of the European Union, put the proposal to Iran in an effort to persuade it to give up nuclear activities the West suspects may be preliminary steps towards making atomic weapons.

"There will, in fact, be no negotiations meeting on August 31 since the Iranians have decided to suspend application of the Paris Agreement," Mattei told a regular news briefing.

Under the Paris Agreement, reached in November 2004, Iran voluntarily suspended all work related to atomic fuel production while negotiating a permanent deal with the EU.

Earlier this month the EU trio offered a package of economic, technical and political measures in exchange for a permanent suspension of Iranian efforts to make nuclear fuel.

Iran rejected the proposals, which also envisaged the August 31 talks, and angered the EU and the United States by resuming uranium conversion at its Isfahan plant on August 8.

On Tuesday, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Hossein Mousavian said Tehran had merely carried out a threat delivered to Britain, Germany and France in Geneva in May.


"In Geneva we told the three European ministers clearly that if Europe's proposal did not contain Iran's right to uranium enrichment it would be rejected and Isfahan (facility) would be restarted," he told the semi-official Mehr news agency.

He said the decision to restart Isfahan would not be reversed but Iran was open to talks with the EU on resuming the most sensitive part of the nuclear fuel cycle -- uranium enrichment -- at its facility in Natanz.

"Iran is keeping Natanz enrichment suspended and has nothing against negotiating with Europe," he said.

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack voiced U.S. support for the European nations' decision.

"We believe that Iran should abide by its Paris commitments. It has broken those commitments," he said. "All we are trying to do is get to the truth about the Iranian nuclear weapons programme and at every turn the Iranians obfuscate and try to change the subject. The focus should be on Iran's behaviour."

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said this week that Tehran would shortly propose a new initiative for the stalled nuclear talks.

Despite calling off the August 31 talks, the European powers remained in contact with Iran, Mattei said.

The EU and the United States suspect Iran of secretly trying to build nuclear weapons. Iran says it wants nuclear technology only to meet booming electricity demand, not to make bombs.

If Iran continues to defy international pressure, Europe and the United States are likely to press the IAEA to refer Iran's case to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran:

  • Pekeiran reported that Iranian dissident Manucher Mohamadi also broke his hunger strike.
  • Eli Lake, The NY Sun reported that Akbar Ganji has broken his hunger strike following pleas from his family.
  • Farideh Nicknazar, Iran Scan reported that Akbar Ganji, terminated his hunger strike after 71 days. We still don't know the details.
  • Eli Lake, The NY Sun reported that President Bush vowed a "total victory" over terror.
  • SMCCDI reported that Islamic regime forces have organized an unprecedented man hunt in the strategic southern City-Port of Bandar-Abbas.
  • SMCCDI reported that a brutal militiaman was seriously wounded after brutalizing two young individuals. Local residents helped the group to escape.
  • Rooz Online reported on the parliamentary games being played in confirming Ahmadinejad's cabinet.
  • Rooz Online reported that ultra-conservative, Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi, will take the helm of Iran’s press, culture and arts affairs.
  • Rooz Online looks at the change in Iran regarding the Chador, the mandatory women's covering,
  • SMCCDI reported that four more young Iranians were executed.
  • Iranmania reported that the cabinet nominee for the Defense Ministry said: Iran's main military objectives are the development of its air defense as well as its ballistic missiles.
  • Sean Penn, The San Francisco Chronicle published part two of his series on Iran, a meeting with the son of a former president of Iran, Mehdi Rafsanjani.
  • BBC News reported a Christian Iranian family has lost their appeal for asylum in the UK.
  • Gary Milhollin, The New York Times warned us not to underestimate the Mullahs intention to produce a nuclear bomb.
  • The Associated Press reported that the Iranian government has tightened its control over the Internet.
  • The Chronwatch considers how to handle Iran's nuclear ambitions by contrasting the positions of Dr. Jerome Corsi and Pat Buchanan.
  • The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials have begun a new round of briefings with U.S. allies designed to convince them that Iran's real intention is to use its energy program as a cover for bomb building.
  • And finally, The Guardian reported on the hundreds of Iranian rock acts springing up despite official disapproval. These bans have never been able to experience playing a live gig.

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1 posted on 08/25/2005 12:35:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 08/25/2005 12:38:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

With an Iranian Hitler and Goebbels in power and a terrorist as minister of defense, and OBL waiting in the wings, all they really care about is their evil plan, and the facade of cooperation with external authorities is wearing thin.

3 posted on 08/25/2005 12:42:44 AM PDT by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Fitzcarraldo

Europeans are just wasting their and our times!

4 posted on 08/25/2005 12:45:04 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: Fitzcarraldo
And did anyone expect anything else but inefficient diplomatic talks? Iran is not interested in giving up its nuclear program, they are doing the same thing North Korea did to the Clinton Administration, pulling the hat over their eyes.
5 posted on 08/25/2005 12:46:10 AM PDT by Quinotto (On matters of style swim with the current,on matters of principle stand like a rock-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: DoctorZIn

Sixty-five years later, they haven't learned a damn thing...

7 posted on 08/25/2005 1:14:42 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Idiots and the Internet don't mix, no matter how hard Michael Moore tries.)
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To: DoctorZIn

The French will resume nuclear talks when Paris vaporizes in Irans Nuclear rain. They will be surrender talks of course.

8 posted on 08/25/2005 3:21:04 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: F14 Pilot
The French might want to stock up for when Paris is nuked.

9 posted on 08/25/2005 7:57:02 AM PDT by Undertow ("I have found some kind of temporary sanity...")
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To: DoctorZIn

Thanks for the ping.

10 posted on 08/25/2005 7:29:20 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Undertow

11 posted on 08/25/2005 9:01:19 PM PDT by Khashayar (No Banana Allowed!)
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To: DoctorZIn
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12 posted on 08/26/2005 9:56:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: American in Israel

How long until Israel rightly decides that this cannot continue and annihilates Iran's nuclear plants?

13 posted on 08/26/2005 10:02:41 AM PDT by Romish_Papist (Check my FR page for samples of my VERY amateur photography.)
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