St. Petersburg Times
Special report
Video report
  • For their own good
    Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
  • More video reports
Multimedia report
Print Email this storyEmail story Comment Letter to the editor
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Your name Your email
Friend's name Friend's email
Your message
 

Iranian official cancels talks on nuclear activity

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published June 12, 2007


ADVERTISEMENT

VIENNA - A senior Iranian envoy canceled talks Monday with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, dashing hopes that Iran is ready to end its secrecy about past nuclear activities that could be part of a weapons program.

Diplomats familiar with the issue said the change in plans was dictated by hard-liners associated with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and opposed to concessions in the nuclear dispute that has led to two sets of U.N. sanctions.

The meeting, between Javeed Vaidi and IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, had been billed as a test of Iran's readiness to end years of stonewalling on past suspicious nuclear activities.

But the talks were canceled because of perceptions that Vaidi would bring "nothing substantial" to that meeting, a diplomat told the Associated Press.

Another diplomat said the Iranians pulled out on orders of the camp linked to Ahmadinejad. The diplomat, who demanded anonymity because his information was confidential, said Vaidi apparently had been prepared to offer concrete proposals to ElBaradei and his aides before being told to opt out.

Ahmadinejad has been outspoken on Iran's right to enrich uranium for power generation.

An IAEA report two weeks ago provided the potential trigger for new U.N. sanctions, saying Iran continued to defy the Security Council.

[Last modified June 12, 2007, 02:07:11]


Share your thoughts on this story

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Subscribe to the Times
Click here for daily delivery
of the St. Petersburg Times.

Email Newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT