Friday, January 25, 2013

Next Talks On Iran Nuclear Program Likely in February

The next talks between six global powers and Iran on its nuclear program are likely to be delayed until February, Reuters reported today.

“It seems more likely now that the next round will take place in February,” a EU diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “There is still no agreement on the next round, but contacts are ongoing.” (Reuters, 25 January)

Talks had been expected to resume soon after last November's U.S. presidential election. 

UPDATE: Iran has blamed world powers for delays in nuclear talks, even though the Western diplomats had said Iranian uncertainty over the venue had delayed the negotiations. State Television said on Saturday that the world powers asked Iran to postpone the talks from agreed dates in January to February, through deputy EU foreign policy chief Helga Schmid who spoke to Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri. 

UPDATE: EU spokesman said on Saturday 26 January that Iran had turned down EU's proposal to meet on 28-29 January.

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