Published On: Tue, Jul 24th, 2012

Iran- EU meet in Istanbul on Teheran’s nuke programme


The officials from Iran and the representative of European Union on behalf of the six major world powers, meet in Istanbul today to discuss the issues related to Teheran’s controversial nuclear program. Ahead of the talks, Michael Mann, the spokesman of Catherine Marie Ashton said that the deputies of the lead negotiators for Iran and the group of six nations would try to narrow the gaps and carry the process forward. Our West Asia Correspondent reports that the Istanbul meeting between the deputies of Iran and European Union on behalf of six major world powers is an attempt to keep up the dialogue process open with Teheran after the third round of talks in Moscow failed to yield any results. The P5+1 group had called upon Iran to stop enrichment, to close down the enrichment facility in Qom and to export the uranium enriched so far. Iran in turn demanded recognition of its right to uranium enrichment and a lifting of the sanctions. The result of the Moscow talks was that both sides laid down their expectations and demands for a clear understanding of their position. In case there is a progress at the meeting it will be followed by talks at a higher level between European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Marie Ashton who is the lead negotiator for five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili. Iran has rejected demands to halt uranium enrichment, which it says is for peaceful purposes and demanded lifting of sanction . Western nations allege that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of its nuclear program.

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