The news on the negotiations with Iran

is that there is no news:

BRUSSELS, Belgium – A top European Union negotiator said Wednesday that “endless hours” of talks with Iran about its nuclear program have failed to make any progress, while the Iranian president said U.N. sanctions would not stop Tehran from enriching uranium.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana told the European Parliament Iran must decide whether it wants to continue negotiations about suspending enrichment as demanded by the U.N. Security Council.

“Today, Iran has made no commitment to suspend,” Solana said. “This dialogue I am maintaining cannot last forever and it is up to Iranians now to decide whether its time has come to end.”

Or, simply put, as far as Solana is concerned the ball is in the Iranians’ court.

I found the diction of the statement from Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, interesting:

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in late July, urging Tehran to suspend by Aug. 31 all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, or face prospect of sanctions.

Despite Tehran’s failure to meet the UN demand, EU foreign ministers decided in September to maintain serious talks with Tehran in efforts to solve Iran’s nuclear issue through diplomacy.

Le Figaro flatly reports that the negotations have failed:

Les négociations sur le nucléaire iranien ont échoué. Mercredi, la République islamique a une fois encore refusé de suspendre ses activités d’enrichissement d’uranium, condition sine qua non pour éviter des sanctions de la communauté internationale. « L’Iran ne reculera pas d’un pouce au sujet de ses droits légitimes et poursuivra son chemin avec gloire », a ainsi déclaré le président iranien, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


The negotations on the Iranian nuclear program have failed. On Wednesday once again the Islamic Republic refused to suspend its nuclear enrichment activities, the fundamental condition for avoiding the sanctions of the international community. “Iran will not step back an inch from its legitimate rights and will pursue its path with glory” declared the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

I haven’t found anything in the online Russian language news media on the story. I’ll continue to look.

2 comments… add one
  • Ah, you actually speak French, do you? That was no computer-generated translation.

    Russian, too?

  • In order of fluency: English, Russian, French, Latin, German, Greek, Chinese. I can read most Slavic languages, most Romance languages and I have a tiny bit of Hungarian, Japanese, and Hebrew.

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