Heads of twenty five EU member states will discuss Iran’s nuclear activities during a two-day summit meeting, which starts on Thursday in Brussels. On Friday, negotiators from Iran and the three European countries, Britain, France and Germany, will also meet in Paris to discuss ways of finding a solution to the present stand off between Iran and the West. However, it is said that the EU summit’s statement on Iran will be mild as they do not intend to disturb the Paris negotiations. In Iran, President Khatami repeated what he has said before. “No one can deprive us of our legal right to access peaceful nuclear technology.” This is Iran’s national right; the people would not let the leadership relinquish this right nor does the government have the mandate to do so, he said and added, “negotiations would go forward only if Iran’s legitimate right is acknowledged by the West’. Only then the international community could rest assured that Iran is not intending to develop nuclear weapons, he said. While President Khatami has left some room for progress at the Paris meeting, Ali Khamenei the Islamic Republic’s leader insists on a hard line by saying “Whenever they wanted to bully us we stood up to them. Bullying in itself means there is no logic in their arguments. They have no logic. You have to suspend your uranium enrichment, they say, suspend it for a long time. Why? On what grounds? There is no connection between transparency and suspending uranium enrichment. These are two separate issues.” Notwithstanding, the French news agency believes the representatives of the EU3, on Friday, will try to convince Iran to stop uranium enrichment and if Iran objects, its case will be referred to the UN Security Council following the IAEA’s meeting on 25th Nov.