PARIS, Aug. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- It is still possible to negotiate with Iran on its nuclear activities, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told reporters in the southwestern French town of Biarritz on Monday.
"We are hoping that we can find a joint solution to keep the positive spirit of the Paris accords," he said, referring to a November 2004 agreement between Iran and the trio of European negotiators -- France, Britain and Germany.
Under the agreement, Iran would receive political and economic incentives from Europe provided it shut down its nuclear works.
Douste-Blazy made the remarks as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began an emergency meeting in Vienna to discuss Tehran's resumption of uranium conversion on Monday.
France and its EU partners had submitted a resolution to the meeting calling the IAEA board of governors to give Iran a final warning over its decision to resume uranium ore conversion.
Meanwhile, Russia on Tuesday called on Iran to immediately halt uranium conversion activities and continue its cooperation with the IAEA.
"It would be a wise decision for Iran to stop the work on converting uranium and continue close cooperation with the IAEA to settle issues about the Iranian nuclear program that still remain," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said in a statement.
If Iran fails to respond to the warning, the matter will eventually be referred to the UN Security Council, which could impose economic sanctions, European diplomats said.
However, they said Europe still wants to give Tehran the last chance to return to suspension of its nuclear activities. Enditem