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EU Big Three to Have Nuclear Talks With Iran

Britain, France and Germany are planning new talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Senior diplomats from the three countries are planning to meet Iranian officials in London this week in an attempt to revive talks between the two sides, according to the Washington Post. Negotiations stalled last month after Iran said it would resume making equipment that could be used in a nuclear bomb. Despite reports that Iran is close to getting the materials for a nuclear bomb, Europe's big three are still committed to resuming the talks."Discussions are ongoing, we still firmly believe that this is the right way to achieve our goal," said a spokesman for the Foreign Office in London, according to Reuters. Last October, Iran had promised to suspend all activities related to uranium enrichment, a process of purifying uranium for use as fuel for nuclear power plants or weapons, and allow snap inspections of its nuclear facilities. However, following a rebuke in June by the EU for not co-operating fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran said it would resume the manufacture and assembly of uranium enrichment centrifuges. Tehran is allowed to make centrifuges and other parts for peaceful nuclear energy - but centrifuges can also be used to purify uranium to make it usable as fuel for weapons. (EUobserver.com)

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