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EU averts deadlock with Iran over nuclear program

[JURIST] After three hours of talks Wednesday, Iran agreed to maintain a suspension of its nuclear program while European Union foreign ministers agreed to come up with further proposals and give them to Iran in July or August of this year. The European group, including ministers from Britain, Germany, and France met with Iranian officials after months of fruitless meetings seemed to be pushing the EU to the US position - that Iran be placed before the UN Security Council [official website] for suspected nuclear development in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty [UN backgrounder]. In hopes of a long term agreement over the nuclear program, the EU had previously used economic incentives and a free trade pact to entice Iran into cooperation [JURIST report]. Tehran has indicated that some of the more sensitive nuclear work could be performed abroad and that it may authorize the presence of international inspectors on a permanent basis. AFP has more.

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