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Top Diplomat says Europe Must Concede Iran's Right to Nuclear Fuel Cycle

Iran is insisting that European negotiators meeting in Vienna acknowledge Tehran's right to develop a full nuclear fuel cycle.

The comment from Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Motakki was made Wednesday in Tehran, as European envoys met with their Iranian counterparts to explore the possibility of a new round of nuclear talks in January.

Diplomats from Britain, France and Germany are seeking guarantees that Iran will continue its suspension of its suspect uranium enrichment program. For its part, Tehran says Wednesday's talks should lead to the establishment of a timetable for the full resumption of nuclear fuel cycle work.

Wednesday's talks are the first contact between the two sides since August.

The United States alleges Iran's nuclear work is a cover for secret efforts to develop an atomic bomb. Tehran says its research is aimed at developing sources of electricity.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.