Iran says Russian plan could revive nuclear talks

August 16, 2011 15:17

TEHRAN - Iran welcomed on Tuesday a Russian attempt to revive talks with six world powers that are concerned about its uranium enrichment program, a potential pathway to nuclear weapons, but was vague about what the agenda should be.

"Our Russian friends' suggestion could be a basis for starting talks for regional and international cooperation especially in the field of peaceful nuclear activities," Saeed Jalili, secretary general of Iran's National Security Council, told state broadcaster IRIB.

Jalili's general remarks gave no indication Iran was now prepared, unlike previously, to address what the powers see as the crucial concern -- its uranium enrichment drive, which UN inspectors say Iran has not proven is for peaceful energy only.

Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, plus Germany (known as the EU3+3 or P5+1) -- in Istanbul in January foundered with Iran insisting on having what it says is its right to produce nuclear fuel recognised.

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