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Iran in fresh nuclear talks offer

Iran says it has repeated an offer to the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany to resume talks over the country's nuclear programme.

Iran's negotiator on the issue, Saeed Jalili, has written to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton asking that the two sides set a timetable and choose a venue for the talks.

The official IRNA news agency said Mr Jalili's letter was delivered to Brussels on Wednesday, reiterating his call for a "constructive approach".

There was no immediate response from the EU.

Previous talks have not allayed Western governments' suspicions that Iran's nuclear programme masks a pursuit of atomic weapons.

But Iran's government has always maintained its nuclear work is for peaceful purposes.

Iran first offered the new talks in February in response to a letter from Ms Ashton.


From Belfast Telegraph