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Iran-5+1 talks will resume in January: Jalili
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_famous_02_am32.jpgTEHRAN – Iran has agreed to hold talks with six major powers over its nuclear program in January, but the date and venue is yet to be decided, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, announced in New Delhi on Friday. 
 
“We have accepted that these talks should be held in January, but until now, the details have not been finalized,” Jalili, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said through a translator, Reuters reported.  
 
According to the report, Jalili stated that he welcomes the two countries’ strong ties but said that India had no particular role in getting nuclear talks restarted.
 
The latest round of high-level talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) was held in Moscow on June 18 and 19. 
 
In an emailed response to a query from Reuters on Friday, a spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who leads diplomatic efforts on behalf of world powers, said that the EU says no date has been fixed for further talks on Iran’s nuclear program, but expressed hope that they would be held soon. 
 
Discussions on a date and venue are still ongoing, Michael Mann said, adding, “Senior officials from the EU and Iran spoke on December 31 to discuss the next round of negotiations, which we hope will happen soon.”
 
On Friday, Jalili also told reporters, “We are one of the advocates of nuclear disarmament and among the important advocates of nuclear non-proliferation in the world, and we want the restoration of the rights of all agency (IAEA) members to peaceful use of nuclear energy. And our activities in this field are in fact a defense of the rights of all members to peaceful use of nuclear energy, and we are opposed to any type of weapons of mass destruction.”  
 
Commenting on the United States’ unilateral measures against Iran, Jalili said, “The era of unilateralism has come to an end,” adding that the U.S. has stated that it regards democracy and free trade as two principles of its foreign diplomacy, but its measures against Iran shows that its actions run counter to its claims. 
 
On the relations between Iran and India, he said, “The two countries’ great potential has created an opportunity for the expansion and strengthening of ties” in various spheres, including the transit of goods and the transfer of energy. 
 
“Today, Iran and India have common interests and common threats, and these commonalities necessitate cooperation and consultation in various areas,” he added. 
 
Commenting on the situation in Syria, Jalili stated that holding democratic elections will help resolve the crisis in the Arab country. 
 
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