Iran Hardens Its Stance On Nukes

Talks with new rep 'a disaster'; more sanctions may follow
By Michael O'Connor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2007 2:39 PM CST
Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili answers a reporter's question in central London, Friday Nov. 30, 2007 following talks with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, unseen. (AP Photo/Lefteris...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – World powers began fleshing out possible out new sanctions against Iran today, a day after its new nuclear negotiator put up a defiant front. Representatives from the US, Russia, China, and other top nations met in Paris, but it will likely be weeks before any sanctions emerge. The meeting comes after Iran's new rep told world powers that all previous negotiations were irrelevant, the New York Times reports.

A French official termed yesterday's meeting with Iran's Saeed Jalili "a disaster." Jalili told the other nations that "everything in the past is past, and with me, you start over,” said another observer. Jalili maintained his tone today and criticized efforts to deprive "Iran of its natural rights."