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Diplomats: Iran talks stalled over French role

VIENNA (AP) - The second day of talks with Iran about it's
nuclear program have hit a snag over Tehran's objection to France's
participation.

The talks hope to persuade Iran to send most of its enriched
uranium abroad and thus delay its potential to make a nuclear
weapon.

Diplomats say Iran is insisting that France be excluded from any
participation in plans to turn the enriched material into fuel for
Tehran's research reactor. The discussions were delayed at least
two hours in an attempt to resolve the impasse. The United States,
and Russia are the other participants.

Iran a 10 percent share in a nuclear plant located in France and
came into the talks blasting President Nicolas Sarkozy's government for withholding enriched uranium from
that facility.

Tehran says it needs enriched uranium for nuclear fuel but the
U.S. and other nations fear that could be used to make weapons.


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