‘EU should mull over starting Iran N-talks’

“It is a short letter but a letter that talks about [Iran’s] nuclear [energy] program and does suggest that we should consider getting into talks,” EU High Representative Catherine Ashton told reporters after arriving in Brussels for a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.

She added that the political directors of her office together with those of the P5+1 – including US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – are working “to look at whether we think it is sufficient to get into talks and I am cautiously optimistic about that.”

Ashton said she would be meeting with the political directors to hear about the results of their discussions.

“And then all other things follow from that, where we go to talk, what the talks will consist of, what work needs to be done technically to understand the situation that currently is, what we need to do, and what steps we need to take to move forward,” she added.

On February 15, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili sent a letter to Ashton saying Iran is ready to restart negotiations over its peaceful nuclear energy program with the P5+1.

Praising Ashton’s remarks about P5+1 respect for Tehran’s right to use peaceful nuclear energy, Jalili added that the success of the talks depends on the constructive approach of world powers towards Iranian initiatives.

Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul in January 2011.

While Tehran says it is ready to continue the talks based on common grounds, it has stressed that it will not give up any of its rights.


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