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Saturday, October 30, 2010
Iran-5+1 group nuclear talks to start after Nov. 10
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN - Iran and the 5+1 group have agreed to resume nuclear talks after November 10, according to a statement issued on Friday by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
In a letter to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, SNSC Secretary Saeed Jalili has welcomed the readiness of the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany) to return to the talks with Iran, the statement said.
""In this letter, the resumption of talks on the basis of Dr. Jalili's letter to Lady Ashton dated July 6, 2010, from the 10th of November 2010 on, in a place and on a date convenient to both sides, has been reiterated,"" part of the SNSC statement read.
On Friday, Ashton confirmed the receipt of Jalili’s letter, saying, “I think it’s a significant move and we’re now in touch with Iran to see if we can agree the time and the place which is possible.”
In his July 6 letter to Ashton, Jalili said that while Iran was still ready to resume talks with the 5+1 group, a number of conditions had to be met first.
Jalili had stated that the direction of the talks had to be made clear and all parties had to prove their commitment to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
On October 14, Ashton put forth a proposal to hold talks in Vienna from November 15 to 18.
Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had proposed holding the talks in late October or early November.
Dialogue between Iran and the 5+1 group has been stalled since October 2009.
The main bone of contention between Tehran and the West is Iran’s uranium enrichment program.
Iran says all its nuclear activities are totally peaceful, and, as an International Atomic Energy Agency member and an NPT signatory, it has the legal right to produce nuclear fuel for its research reactors and nuclear power plants.