Iran, EU officials to meet in Vienna before nuclear talks

By RIA Novosti

Tehran : Iranian and the European Union (EU) negotiators are set to meet Nov 21 in Vienna to continue the preparations for the next round of talks on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme.

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Iran’s deputy chief nuclear negotiator Javad Vaeedi and Robert Cooper, EU director of external relations, will discuss the timeline and the agenda of the talks between Saeed Jalili, head of the Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has praised the report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on his country’s “nuclear dossier”.

The report delivered Thursday by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran had been truthful, in general, about key aspects of its “nuclear dossier”, but warned that Tehran continues to work on uranium enrichment, despite persistent demands that the country end the programme.

Ahmadinejad later demanded Western nations apologise to Iran for suspecting it of conducting a covert nuclear weapons programme.

“You have passed two resolutions based on erroneous information and reports, but now when you realise your mistakes you should be courageous enough to acknowledge it and apologise to the Iranian people,” he said on local television.

The Islamic Republic is currently subject to two sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its defiance to halt uranium enrichment. A further round of tougher sanctions has been blocked by Russia and China.

Iran has been insisting that it needs nuclear energy for electricity generation, not weapons production.