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EU expresses concern over Iran missile tests
July 11, 2008 / 12:06 PM / in 9 years

EU expresses concern over Iran missile tests

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PARIS, July 11 (Reuters) - The EU raised concerns on Friday over Iran’s announcement this week that it had conducted missile tests, and stepped up calls on Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment within its disputed nuclear programme.

"These missile tests can only reinforce the international community’s concerns," the French presidency of the European Union said in a statement.

"The EU calls on Iran to finally react to the entire international community’s demands as expressed in (U.N.) Security Council resolutions to reach a negotiated solution on the nuclear issue," it said of repeated calls for Iran to curb uranium enrichment.

The West fears the enrichment could lead to Iran acquiring the atom bomb -- a goal Tehran denies.

Earlier, Iran’s official IRNA news agency said Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator would meet EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Geneva on July 19 for talks, a date the EU has not confirmed. (Reporting by Francois Murphy; Writing by Mark John; Editing by Dale Hudson)



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