Friday, May 27, 2005

Iran warns latest nuclear deal could still unravel

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rohani warned on Thursday an agreement with the European Union on Wednesday to provide a two-month breathing space in nuclear talks could still unravel if Iran's leadership objects.

"We told them (the EU) we neither reject your proposal nor accept it," Rohani told state television the day after talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France appeared to avert a major showdown over Iran's nuclear plans.

"We will take it to Tehran and if it is acceptable to Tehran then we can discuss it and finalize the talks. But it might be totally unacceptable to Tehran," he added.

Rohani's reference to "Tehran" was likely to mean Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last word on all state matters and takes an active role in supervising key foreign policy decisions.