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European leaders say Iran nuke talks at "dead end", recommend UN action

[JURIST] Foreign ministers from England, France, and Germany said Thursday that negotiations with Iran over its efforts to resume nuclear fuel research [JURIST report] had reached a "dead end", and recommended that the nation be referred to the UN Security Council [official website]. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official website] said last week that the US would consider such a move [JURIST report] if Iran continued its plans. No specific measures have been suggested for council to take, which has the power to issue sanctions. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decried the opponents of the program as "a group of bullies" that wanted to "deprive nations of their legal and natural rights", while insisting that Iran's program had only peaceful purposes. Russia and China would also have to approve of a referral, and so far they have indicated opposition to such a move. The International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] will hold an emergency meeting [Sky report] and Russia has indicated that it may reconsider its position. AP has more.

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