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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Tries to Revive Iran Talks

VIENNA -- Iranian and European negotiators sought to revive dialogue on Tehran's atomic ambitions Wednesday, but Iran again insisted on enriching uranium domestically despite concerns it could make nuclear arms.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki insisted Iran had the right to control the entire cycle for producing fuel for a reactor. "We don't want talks just for the sake of talks," he told reporters in Tehran. "When we talk about nuclear technology to produce fuel for our reactors it means enrichment and having the complete nuclear fuel cycle."

Mottaki made the comments in Tehran as Iranian and European negotiators met in Vienna for the first time since August, when Iran's decision to resume uranium conversion, a precursor of enrichment, torpedoed their talks.

Mottaki appeared to be pessimistic Wednesday, suggesting the United States was sabotaging EU-Iran dialogue.

"Americans tried, before the talks, to impose defeat as the result of the talks on the will of the European countries," he told reporters.

Iran has vowed that it will never give up its right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel.

Wednesday's talks are high-level. Britain, France and Germany were represented by officials who report directly to their foreign ministers, and Iran sent Javad Vaidi, who handles international affairs for the Supreme National Security Council.