Iranian, EU Officials Discuss Nuclear Program

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Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili says he had good discussions Friday with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, but Solana says he was disappointed by the talks.

The two commented after their meeting in London that focused on Iran's nuclear program. They both said they plan to speak again next month.

The meeting was seen as a final effort to persuade Iran to comply with international demands to freeze its uranium enrichment activities - or face new U.N. sanctions.

Iran had said Jalili would present "new initiatives" at the talks in an effort to resolve the dispute about Tehran's nuclear program.

Solana must soon report to the U.N. Security Council on Iran's willingness to comply with demands to halt sensitive nuclear work. His report could determine whether the council imposes a third set of sanctions on Iran.

Officials from Germany and the five permanent U.N. Security council members: Britain, France, Russia, China and the United States, meet in Paris on Saturday. The U.S. State Department says they will discuss the text of a third Security Council sanctions resolution on Iran.

In other news, Russia's state nuclear fuel producer TVEL says inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have finished sealing uranium fuel that Russia intends to send to Iran's Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant.

No date has been given for delivery of the fuel.

The United States and other Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian energy program. Tehran denies the charge. - VOA News

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