Iran said Wednesday it was confident U.S.-European efforts to refer it to the U.N. Security Council will fail amid reluctance from Russia, China and Arab countries to take the step. The hard-liner president chided the West, saying it deal with Iran with more "logic."
But Iran's attempts to resume negotiations on its &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/366/16728_Iran.html' target=_blank>nuclear program met rejection from Europe and the United States. France insisted Iran must first suspend its newly resumed uranium enrichment activities before any talks can be held.
"Iran must return to a complete suspension of these activities," Foreign Ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau said in Paris.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the EU's foreign policy chief, &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/366/16046_Iran.html' target=_blank>Javier Solana, also rejected any return to talks, which Europe called off after Iran ended its freeze on enrichment research earlier this month. "There's not much to talk about," Rice said during a photo session at the State Department with Solana.
Solana agreed that "there is not much point" in resuming talks if there is "nothing new on the table."