Japan: Iran will not suspend its nuclear program
They say Manouchehr Mottaki told Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso it is impossible for Iran to stop what he described as research at a laboratory level...


By VOA News
Posted Monday, February 27, 2006

  
Japan: Iran will not suspend its nuclear program
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They say Manouchehr Mottaki told Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso it is impossible for Iran to stop what he described as research at a laboratory level.

Mottaki held talks in Japan Monday, one day after Iran said it reached a preliminary agreement with Russia on a joint uranium enrichment venture aimed at easing international concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Russia and Iran plan more talks in Moscow on Tuesday.

But the United States says it remains skeptical, given Iran's history of going back on deals to suspend enrichment.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today (Monday) called on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment inside Iran until the International Atomic Energy Agency has clarified the situation.

The I.A.E.A. meets to discuss Iran Monday in Vienna. The United States and European Union accuse Iran of secretly trying to build atomic weapons.

Sunday's deal was announced following a meeting in Bushehr between visiting Russian nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko and Iranian nuclear chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh.

The two officials said no formal agreement has yet been reached, and both said more talks are needed to resolve details.

Russia and Iran are trying to complete the deal before the meeting of the I.A.E.A.


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