VIENNA/TEHRAN (AFP/Reuters) - Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers were held up Tuesday after Iran said it did not want France to be part of any deal on uranium enrichment. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not say however why the second day of talks had been delayed, even though all the delegations had gathered at the UN watchdogs headquarters. The new twist came after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said France was not needed at the talks, which also involve Russia, the US and IAEA officials. The minister also said Iran will never abandon its legal and obvious right to nuclear technology and will not curb uranium enrichment, despite talks the West hopes will lead to restraints on the programme. The agency contacted some countries and the US and Russia accepted to participate in the negotiations to supply the fuel, Mottaki said in Tehran. The negotiations will be conducted with these two countries in the presence of the agency. We do not need a lot of fuel and we do not need the presence of many countries. There is no need for France to be present. The meetings with world powers and their behaviour shows that Irans right to have peaceful nuclear technology has been accepted by them. Iran will never abandon its legal and obvious right, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said. A senior diplomat familiar with the talks said the parties were considering a face-saving compromise drafted by the UN nuclear watchdog under which Iran would sign a contract with Russia and Russia would sub-contract further work out to France. French, US and Russian delegations were seen circulating a draft document produced by a series of back-door consultations, with the formal meeting due to resume in the late afternoon. Mottaki said Iran would not curtail enrichment as part of the LEU deal, as demanded by the UN Security Council. Iran will continue its uranium enrichment. It is not linked to buying fuel from abroad, he told a Tehran news conference. He said Iran did not need France for the fuel plan. There are Russia, America...I believe these countries are enough. Not too many countries are needed to provide Iran with the fuel, he told a Tehran news conference. France, based on its shortcomings to fulfil its obligations in the past, is not a trustworthy party to provide fuel for Iran. France and diplomats at the talks played down suggestions that the delay was over the foreign ministers comments. It is a meeting of experts, in which we are participating, French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in Paris. The discussions are continuing. There are many technical parameters to take into account for the supply of nuclear fuel and we will see later which states will take part, Valero said. One diplomat in Vienna told AFP the delay was just regular diplomacy as delegations try to advance the issues. It is not about the continued French participation but rather about how to best structure a deal so that everyone can be satisfied. Even beyond the politics this is complicated, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity. In Vienna, diplomats taking part in the talks insisted that France was still on board. France remains at the talks, one diplomat told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.