At the end of the two day meeting in Paris between the representatives of Iran and the three European counties, Britain France and Germany, on Iran’s nuclear activities different views were expressed about the outcome of the negotiations. Some believe significant progress was made in the negotiations, whilst others, instead, drew attention to the fact that the negotiations ended without reaching any agreement. In Paris the French Foreign Office announced that Iran and the European negotiators had made significant progress towards a preliminary understanding on Iran’s nuclear activities. At the same time Iran’s chief negotiator and the chairman of its national security council, Hassan Rohani, said although Iran and the EU 3’s representatives had shown flexibility, the negotiations ended without an agreement. Speaking to Iran’s state television, Rohani said there is still a long way to go before we can come to a compromised solution. He dismissed earlier reports by the television station about Europe’s rejection of Iran’s proposal to stop uranium enrichment for up to six months. Mr. Rohani said we never set a time limit in this respect. Halting nuclear enrichment is a voluntary option and its duration depends on our decision. We are not going to give any undertaking. On Saturday, in a news conference in Tehran, Li Zhaoxing, the visiting Foreign minister of China, said that his country would not agree to refer Iran’s nuclear program to the UN’s Security Council. Analysts believe this move has strengthened Iran’s position vis-a-vis the international community that is opposing its nuclear activities.