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Iran Says Nuclear Talks with Europe Stalled

Iran's foreign minister says nuclear talks remain stalled between his government and European negotiators.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Tehran, Kamal Kharrazi said Iran has always sought a short-term suspension of its uranium enrichment activities, but Britain, France and Germany are pressing for a permanent one.

Iran has suspended its enrichment activities as a good faith gesture during negotiations, but said it will decide in three months whether to continue the suspension. Highly enriched uranium can be used to make fuel for nuclear weapons.

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, called on the Europeans to speed up the talks. In remarks today, he expressed hope the negotiations would protect Iran's scientific achievements, which he says the Islamic Republic will never give up.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.