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Iran to Offer New Nuclear Proposals with Europe

Iran's new hard-line nuclear negotiator says Tehran will offer new proposals in its standoff with the West over its nuclear program.

Ali Larijani made the announcement Friday in Vienna, after a meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

Mr. Larijani told a news conference that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will need about a month to lay out new proposals.

He said Tehran has not ruled out further talks with the European Union, even though the EU has broken off the talks to protest Iran's resumption of nuclear fuel work that could lead to atomic weapons.

Mr. Larijani said Iran has too much power in its region to worry about U.S. and European threats to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council.

Details of Mr. Larijani's talks with the IAEA were not immediately known.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.