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EU Says 'Making Progress' in Iran Nuclear Talks

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European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana says negotiators are, in his words, "really making progress" on resolving the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

Solana told reporters in Brussels on Friday that never before has there been this "level of engagement" in the talks with Iranian officials.

Earlier today, France confirmed that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijan said his country is ready to discuss suspending its uranium enrichment program.

Iran has ignored an August 31st United Nations Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.

In Washington, President Bush said he wants to make sure Iran does not stall, and repeated the demand that Iran suspend its enrichment activities. Mr. Bush said he will not meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when both leaders are in New York for the UN General Assembly.

Mr. Bush said the United States is prepared to hold talks with Iran -- once it verifiably suspends enrichment.

The United States and many of its European allies believe Iran is enriching uranium as part of a program to build nuclear weapons -- a charge Iran denies.
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