EU Negotiator Admits Obvious

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Javier Solana, the European Union's negotiator in charge of talks with Iran has finally told the EU the truth. The endless hours of negotiations are going nowhere and are pointless unless Iran changes its stance (which the Iranian president made plain he will not allow). Solana said it's time to send the matter to the UN if Iran won't be moved in negotiations.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana told the European Parliament that Iran must decide whether it wants to continue the negotiations about suspending enrichment.

"Today, Iran has made no commitment to suspend" enrichment, Solana said.

"This dialogue I am maintaining cannot last forever and it is up to Iranians now to decide whether its time has come to end," he said.

He suggested if that was the case, the standoff over Iran should be moved to the U.N. Security Council.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the West that any possible sanctions would not stop his government from uranium enrichment.

"It's been 27 years that they (the West) haven't allowed us to use technologies that they possess," he told a large crowd gathered in Hashtgerd, outside Iran's capital of Tehran.

Solana has been leading talks with Iran's top negotiator, Ali Larijani, on behalf of Britain, France, Germany, China, the United States and Russia, which are seeking to persuade Iran to suspend work on processing uranium in return for a package of incentives.

Solana told the lawmakers that his "endless hours" of talks with Larijani have not made any progress.

"We have reached common ground only on a number of issues, an important number of issues, but we have not agreed in what is the key point, which is the question of suspension of activities before the start of the negotiations" with the West on Iran's use of nuclear technology.

Solana stressed that "the door to negotiations will always remain open" with Tehran.

"I am convinced that (the) Iranian dossier can only be solved through negotiations," Solana told EU lawmakers.

He urged Iran to continue the talks to prevent the threat of U.N. sanctions, which are now being considered by the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members.

Sanctions backed by a threat of force are the only thing that could make Iran move. Since it is improbable that the European powers will back such a move, the West may well have lost any chance of averting the crisis.

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