Iran's EU envoy calls for 'new approach' to nuclear standoff

Iran's new envoy to the European Union called on the body Wednesday to take a "new approach" to resolve the international standoff over its nuclear program, rather than backing new sanctions. Ambassador Ali Asghar Kaji said Iran would like to improve its battered ties with the EU, and said his country wanted to become an energy partner for Europe. He said efforts by the 27-nation European Union and others to get fresh sanctions approved by the UN Security Council were unjustified. "These matters should not be resolved through issuing a new resolution against Iran," Kaji told the Associated Press in an interview. "We believe that measures must be taken to correct and review policies in order to take a new approach in dealing with Iran, because we believe, and it has been proven to the world community, that Iran had no diversion from its peaceful nuclear efforts."