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Senior Iranian says EU talks ‘step in the right direction’

September 1, 2018
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A senior Iranian envoy on Thursday called contacts between Tehran and the European Union a “step in the right direction” in resolving the standoff over his country’s refusal to freeze uranium enrichment and accused the U.S. of trying to sabotage the talks. (International Herald Tribune — 14 September, 2006)
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Reflecting U.S.-European differences, key European nations called on Iran Wednesday to negotiate over its nuclear dispute with the international community, even as America said the time had come to punish Tehran with U.N. sanctions. (International Herald Tribune — 14 September, 2006)
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Kofi Annan urges a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, but the US calls for UN sanctions. (BBC News — 14 September, 2006)
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Trying to gain more time to find a compromise over Iran’s nuclear program, Javier Solana, the EU’s foreign policy minister, and Ali Larijani, the Iranian nuclear negotiator, postponed a meeting scheduled for Thursday. (International Herald Tribune — 14 September, 2006)
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The United States said on Wednesday Iran was “aggressively” pursuing atom bombs and should face sanctions now, but EU allies stressed it was not too late for talks on a negotiated solution to its disputed nuclear work. (CNN — 17 September, 2006)
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A new two-track negotiation approach is a fundamental shift and an admission of how few options the U.S. and European allies have. (New York Times — 17 September, 2006)
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China is still against imposing sanctions against Iran, the Chinese premier said Thursday, adding that a solution to the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program could still be reached through “peaceful efforts.” (International Herald Tribune — 14 September, 2006)
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A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Thursday urged Iran to consider international concerns about its nuclear program and to cooperate with the United Nations’ nuclear agency on the issue. (International Herald Tribune — 14 September, 2006)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that his country’s nuclear standoff with the West can be solved through dialogue, while calling for unspecified “new conditions” in negotiations. (International Herald Tribune — 14 September, 2006)
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Tehran agrees to talks, but threatens to end cooperation if case proceeds in Security Council. (Washington Post — 13 September, 2006)
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Iran has upgraded one of the warplanes in its fleet and successfully test flied the aircraft, state-run media reported on Wednesday, according to Reuters news agency. (Aljazeera — 14 September, 2006)
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The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has written a scathing letter to a congressional committee saying part of its case against Iran is “outrageous and dishonest.” (CNN — 15 September, 2006)
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A recent House of Representatives report on Iran’s nuclear capability is “outrageous and dishonest” in trying to make a case that Tehran’s program is geared toward making weapons, a senior official of the U.N. nuclear watchdog has said. (MSNBC — 15 September, 2006)
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