Iran refuses to end uranium enrichment on eve of EU nuclear talks

Iran refused to give up on producing enriched uranium in defiance of the West and said dialogue was the only way to resolve the nuclear standoff, on the eve of talks with the EU’s Big Three.The Islamic republic is ready to cooperate with the international community over its nuclear programme provided its “rights” are respected, President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday. “We demand respect for our rights to have nuclear technology for civilian use and that no-one tries to deprive us of this,” he said after a cabinet meeting. “We are ready to cooperate and believe that dialogue and negotiation are the only ways to reach an understanding.”Full Story

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