Iran and EU-3 agree to resume talks, no date set
Iran and the EU-3--Britain, France and Germany--agreed to resume talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program, however no specific date was set for such talks.
Hossein Entezami, spokesman for Iran's supreme national security council, told reporters, “The agenda, time and venue of the talks is not set yet, but both sides will first hold the talks on the expert level then on the higher level,” according to ISNA.
“It does not make any difference whether the talks are official or unofficial, the important thing is to talk,” Entezami added. “However, the talks should have a time frame.”
On Sunday, foreign ministers of EU-3 offered Iran's top national security official, Ali Larijani, an offer of new direct talks.
Meanwhile, key Iranian parliament member, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who also heads IransNational Security and Foreign Policy Commission, revealed that Iran expected to tender the construction of two more nuclear power plants by March 2006, according to IRNA.
"In the 1384 budget, Iran's Atomic Energy Organization has been given license to set up 20 nuclear plants with a capacity to generate 20,000 megawatts of electricity," Boroujerdi told AFP.
The agreement has troubled US and other Western authorities, who fear that Iran’s nuclear program is intended for military use.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) avoided reporting Iran to the UN Security Council last Thursday for atomic violations, which Iran has called "a big victory for the country".