Monday, December 27, 2004

Xinhua - English

Xinhua - English: "Iran says not hasty to talk directly with US 2004-12-27 14:10:42

BEIJING, Dec. 27 -- Iran says it will not have a direct dialogue with the US on its nuclear issue in the near future.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reze Asefi says Iran is not convinced the US even wants to join the European trio, including Germany, Britain and France, in their nuclear talks with Iran.

The spokesman also says US participation in the nuclear talks might jeopardise Iran's national interests.

Last week, Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Iran did not oppose the EU's proposal to invite the US into the nuclear talks but said Iran thinks a US presence is unnecessary at this current stage.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of direct talks between Tehran and Washington in the future."