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Iran nuclear talks set for Feb. 18 in New York: Russia
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TEHRAN – Talks between Iran and the six world powers on a final nuclear agreement will be held in New York on February 18, a Russian diplomat said on Friday, according to the Interfax news agency.
 
“Agreement has been reached that the next meeting at the level of political directors will take place on February 18 in New York,” Interfax quoted Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Foreign Ministry’s security and disarmament department, as saying.
 
However, the European Union said on the same day that the world powers and Iran are still discussing when and where to convene the talks.
 
“Discussions on the timing and venue for the next round of talks with Iran are still ongoing. When a decision is taken, we will announce it,” said Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
 
A November 24 interim deal between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany took nearly two months to clinch in three rounds of talks in Geneva last year.
 
Under the interim deal, which is valid for six months and can be renewed, Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is totally peaceful in exchange for a limited easing of Western sanctions.
 
MT/PA 

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