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Iran Nuclear Watch: France Rejects Iran’s Request for More Talks on Nuclear Program

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns speaks at a press conference, in Bombay, India, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006. Burns said Wednesday that the United States and key European powers along with Russia and China agree that Iran should suspend its nuclear program and return to negotiations.

ASSociated Press: France Rejects Iranian Request for Talks

France rejected Iran’s request for more talks on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, saying Wednesday that Tehran first must suspend its atomic activities.

Iran asked for a ministerial-level meeting with France, Germany, Britain and the
European Union, but its decision to resume some uranium enrichment-related activities “means that it is not possible for us to meet under satisfactory conditions to pursue these discussions,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau said in Paris.

“Iran must return to a complete suspension of these activities.”

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns supported the idea that Iran should suspend its program and return to talks.

“There is a consensus that Iran should turn back, return to negotiations and suspend its nuclear program,” Burns told reporters in Bombay, India, during a South Asia tour. “But that’s not the path Iran is on now.”

But, the key to any sanctions is China who receives 20% of its oil from Iran.



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