Iran Won't Budge on Uranium

Negotiator bound for EU talks puts enrichment off-limits
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2007 11:51 AM CDT
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, attends a conference on security in the Persian Gulf in Tehran, on Monday, May 28, 2007. Iran on Monday said it was ready to transfer peaceful nuclear know-how...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iran won't stop enriching uranium, its chief nuclear negotiator said today, hours before scheduled talks with the EU. Tomorrow's meeting will focus on Iran's nuclear program, seen as an increasing threat after recent inspections indicated the country is moving closer to nuclear capability. Monday's US-Iran negotiations on Iraq have no bearing on tomorrow's sit-down, Ali Larijani says.

The UN imposed sanctions on Iran in December for ignoring its demands to cease uranium enrichment. Previous efforts to get Iran to suspend its atomic program, which the country insists is used for electricity, have failed. Larijani foresees little wiggle room: "If Iran is supposed to suspend its nuclear activities, there will be no issue for talks,'' he says. (Read more Iran stories.)