Shapiro: Not clear whether talks with Iran will continue

July 26, 2012 20:15

The world powers currently negotiating with Iran have not yet decided how – or even whether – negotiations that began in April should continue, US ambassador Dan Shapiro said Thursday.

Shapiro, speaking to Israel Radio's Arabic department during a tour of Netanya, said US President Barack Obama was committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear arms.

"We are working together with Israel and many partners in the international community to put pressure on Iran," said Shapiro, speaking in Hebrew. "There are very tough sanctions, and there are also the negotiations with the P5+1. We have not yet decided with our partners how to continue the negotiations, or if to continue the negotiations, but we are in full coordination with Israel and other partners."

Low-level talks between Iran and an EU official were held this week in Istanbul, and another meeting is expected in the coming days between EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, representing the P5+1 – the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany – and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

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