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Iran Close to Decision on Nuclear Program


Iran says negotiations with Europe on its nuclear program are in the final stages.

Iran's foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, told state television Saturday Iranian negotiators have given their final response to an EU proposal to suspend Iran's uranium enrichment program. He said it is now up to the Europeans to decide whether or not to accept their decision.

Iran and the European Union's big three powers - Britain, Germany and France - have been negotiating a deal under which Tehran would agree to freeze sensitive nuclear work to avoid possible U.N. Security Council sanctions.

The United States says Iran's nuclear program is intended to make nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear ambitions are limited to generating electricity from atomic energy plants, not making bombs.