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Iran Asks for Talks With Britain, France, Germany

Iran has asked to meet British, French and German negotiators Monday to discuss the stand-off over its nuclear program.

Iran requested the talks in Brussels for the same day delegates from those countries plus the United States and European Union meet in London to discuss whether to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council.

The United States accuses Tehran of secretly trying to build an atomic bomb, and wants the Council to impose sanctions on Tehran for violating provisions of a key global nuclear treaty. Iran says its nuclear program is for developing electricity.

In Tehran Sunday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, cautioned the West against acting in haste against Iran, saying a referral to the Security Council would solve nothing.

In Jerusalem, visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Iran and its nuclear program pose a threat to the entire democratic world.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.