smokestacks.jpg US fires warning shot over Iran nuclear talks: The US warned European ministers yesterday to stand firm in negotiations with Iran and reject any proposal that could allow the partial resumption of Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme.

The warning, given as the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK prepared to meet Iranian negotiators in Geneva today, underlines the risk that the talks might break up or lead to increased transatlantic tension.

While the US suspects Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, Tehran insists its programme is peaceful.