Iran may reconsider N-cooperation
TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned European powers on Saturday that they must take their nuclear negotiations with Iran seriously, otherwise Tehran will reconsider its cooperation.
“The Europeans negotiating with Iran should know that they are dealing with a great, cultured nation... if Iranian officials feel that there is no seriousness in the European negotiations, the process will change,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by the Iranian media.
His comments followed the emergence of reports that the EU was hardening its stance towards Iran and calling on Tehran to completely dismantle its nuclear fuel programme in order to guarantee that it does not seek atomic weapons. Iran, accused by Washington of trying to build an atomic bomb, has suspended uranium enrichment as a confidence-building measure but the EU now wants the Islamic republic to definitively abandon enrichment as well as any activities for making plutonium. afp