Sunday, July 10, 2005

Britain, Germany: Iran Talks Will Go On

Britain and Germany said Monday that allegations recently raised against Iran's president-elect have not been proven and won't affect Europe's negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

The comments came a day after Iran accused the U.S. and Israel of a smear campaign against the ultraconservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and warned Europe not to join in the mudslinging.

Ahmadinejad, who won a landslide presidential election victory, has been accused of taking American hostages in 1979 when radical students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Iranian exiles and an Austrian politician also have alleged he was involved in the 1989 slaying of a Kurdish leader and two associates in Vienna.

Iranian officials have denied both allegations.

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