Secretary-General &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/368/15407_nuclear.html' target=_blank>Kofi Annan said Iran's top nuclear negotiator told him Thursday that Tehran is interested in "serious and constructive negotiations" with Britain, France and Germany.
During a 40-minute telephone conversation, he said, Ali Larijani told him Iran wanted to resume negotiations with the Europeans, but this time with a deadline.
"He affirmed to me that they are interested in serious and constructive negotiations but within a time frame, indicating that the last time they did it for 2 1/2 years and no result," Annan told reporters after a private lunch with Security Council members.
The foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France said Thursday that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program had reached a "dead end" and that Tehran should be referred to the U.N. Security Council, which could impose sanctions _ a view endorsed by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The ministers called for a special session of the International Atomic Energy Agency which must formally refer Iran to the Security Council.
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be outvoiced about the crisis in Ukraine. In order to do this, the West needs to provide even greater support for Kyiv