이란은 우라늄 농축 계획 중단 문제를 논의할 준비가 돼 있다고 이란측 핵협상 대표인 알리 라리자니씨가 말했다고 프랑스 정부가 확인했습니다.

프랑스 외무부 대변인은 이란의 입장은 `긍정적 상황진전’이라면서 라리자니 대표가 유럽연합 외교정책 책임자인 하비에르 솔라나씨와의 회담에서 이같이 말했다고 밝혔습니다.

이란은 지난 8월31일까지 우라늄 농축을 중단하도록 한 유엔 안전보장이사회의 시한을 무시한 채 그동안 아무런 조처를 취하지 않아왔습니다.

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France has confirmed that Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said his country is ready to discuss suspending its uranium enrichment program.

A French foreign ministry spokesman (Jean-Baptiste Mattei) described the Iranian position as a "positive development." He said Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani made the statement during talks with the European Union's foreign policy chief (Javier Solana) on Saturday and Sunday in Vienna.

So far, Iran has ignored an August 31st United Nations Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.

On Thursday, the United States said it was confident the Security Council will ultimately impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

But a State Department spokesman (Sean McCormack) said that the diplomacy leading to sanctions will be, in his words, "complex" and "sometimes hard-fought."

The United States and many of its European allies believe Iran is enriching uranium as part of a program to build nuclear weapons -- a charge Iran denies.