President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Friday that Iran "will not give up one iota of its nuclear rights," state media reported in the first official reaction to a critical International Atomic Energy Agency report.
"The enemies should know Iranians are standing firm on obtaining their rights and will not give up one iota of their nuclear rights," he told a rally in the northwestern city of Makou.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani are to meet "face to face" soon after speaking by telephone Thursday, Solana's office said.
During the call, "they agreed to have a face-to-face meeting soon", an official in Solana's office said, but was unable to say when or where the meeting would take place.
An unnamed Iranian official told the ISNA news agency in Tehran on Wednesday that Larijani would meet Solana in Europe next week for talks on an offer from world powers over Iran's nuclear programme.
The United Nations Security Council has given Iran until Thursday to halt uranium enrichment or risk possible sanctions, amid fears in the West that its nuclear programme may be a cover for efforts to build a nuclear bomb.
Although time ran out to meet the deadline, the official in Solana's office said that "the lines of communication are always open".