Iran is not prepared to accept the EU’s offer of a November deadline. Islamic Republic announced on Sunday that it already has the technology required for its nuclear fuel cycle. The EU3’s November deadline for Iran was set to avoid Iran’s referral to the UN’s Security Council. The EU countries hoped this would encourage Iran to abandon its nuclear enrichment activities and alleviate international concern that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. Following the EU’s offer of a November deadline set for Iran to stop its uranium enrichment and other related nuclear activities, Hamid Reza Asefi, the Islamic republic’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, told reporters in Tehran: “There has never been any ultimatum and we are continuing our talks with the EU as before.” However, Asefi does implicitly admit that demands were made by the three EU countries. He said: “…if the demands are that we don’t master nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, it is out of question because we have reached that point.” He added: “But if Europeans want assurances that we only make peaceful use of nuclear energy, we are ready to give guarantees.” Asefi then clarified the extent of the guarantee Iran was prepared to offer and emphasised that it will be only within the framework of the additional protocol to the NPT Treaty. According to the latest reports on Sunday, Britain, France and Germany prepared a document at the outset of the IAEA’s meeting on Monday 13th September and proposed a “trigger mechanism” to avoid ‘further steps’ being taken by the IAEA. Washington insists that Tehran is secretly trying to develop nuclear bomb and has been calling for Iran to be referred to the Security Council. Up to now the EU countries opposed this proposal. Now, with Iran refusing to accept this trigger mechanism, the question that remains to be asked is what would be the next step in dealing with Iran’s nuclear programme?