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Iran Says it Wants Nuclear Talks, But no Concessions

Iran says it is willing to return to nuclear negotiations with the European Union, but also says it will not suspend nuclear fuel processing.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Reza Asefi told a news conference in Tehran Sunday the Iranian government is ready to continue unconditional talks. He said he was hopeful the two sides could reach an agreement and avoid a referral to the U.N. Security Council.

Britain, France and Germany have said they want Iran to halt uranium processing at its Isfahan plant, which Tehran resumed in August.

Otherwise, they said they will back U.S. efforts to refer Iran to the Security Council where it could eventually face sanctions.

The United States say Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program will only be used to generate electricity.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.