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Shocker: EU, Iran Nuclear Negotiations Fail

Shocking news from the keepers of the faith at Reuters:

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana (L) and Iranian nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani chat prior to talks on September 27.

EU and Iran fail to reach nuclear deal

Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:43 PM ET

By Louis Charbonneau

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Thursday he had failed to reach a deal with the chief Iranian negotiator on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but said they would hold another round of talks soon.

Several Western diplomats who were briefed on Solana’s talks with Larijani said the Iranians were still refusing to commit to suspending their uranium enrichment program and said Larijani appeared to be trying to drag out talks with Solana.

"We have been progressing," Solana told reporters after discussions with Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani.

"We still have some issues that have not been closed," he added without elaborating. Solana said he hoped to renew contact with the Iranians by the middle of next week…

Larijani said seven hours of talks over two days in Berlin had brought "some possible conclusions" and added that talks would continue.

"We hope to be able to embark on the main negotiations as soon as possible," he said, referring to the incentives package

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was open to negotiations and would accept "fair conditions". But he criticized the West’s demand that Iran freeze its enrichment program, which it hid from U.N. inspectors for 18 years.

"Why are they insisting that we suspend our atomic work? Because they control the advertising network of the world and they want to tell the nations that they were right, and Iran wanted to produce nuclear weapons, and after that they would never let us continue our programs," Ahmadinejad said…

But don’t give up hope. They might be able to negotiate another round of talks — on possible future talks.

Meanwhile, let’s all welcome Iraq to the nuclear club.

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