EU FMs dodge talk of sanctions against Iran

European Union foreign ministers were keen Saturday to discourage talk of sanctions against Iran for its failure to stop enriching uranium, but warned Tehran it did not have an indefinite period of time to resolve the standoff. The EU's desire for renewed diplomacy followed comments by Iran's hardline president that his country will never give up a nuclear program he said had been misrepresented by the West. "The EU and Germany have no interest in an escalation in United Nations Security Council consultations in the days or weeks ahead," said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on arrival at a second day of informal talks among EU foreign ministers. They were to discuss Iran again and debate plans for a significant upgrading of relations with Russia.