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West still waiting for Iran nuclear proposal: Solana

CAIRO (Reuters) - The European Union’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Wednesday he was still waiting for Iran to hand over its updated nuclear proposal.

“I haven’t received it and I cannot judge it. If the document is presented, we will read it and we will be happy to discuss it,” Solana said.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator was quoted as saying on Tuesday that Tehran had prepared an updated nuclear proposal and was ready to talk to world powers.

The West suspects Iran wants to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the guise of a declared civilian energy program. Iran denies this.

Last week, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report said Iran had again ignored U.N. Security Council demands that it stop enriching uranium and open up to IAEA investigators “to exclude the possibility of military dimensions” to its nuclear activity.

“I think it is not a good report for Iran. It shows the shortcomings of the relationship between Iran and the agency,” Solana said of the IAEA report.

“Iran has taken some positive steps but it (does) not compensate for the negative part of the report. So, still a lot has to be done to comply with the demands of the international agency.”

Reporting by Edmund Blair; writing by Janet Lawrence