Catherine Ashton 311.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Iran agreed to renew talks with world powers on its nuclear program, a European Union spokesperson told AFP on Tuesday.
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Iranian negotiator Said Jalili will reportedly meet with EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton, who will lead the "5+1" group of nations negotiating with Iran, on December 6-7. The talks will be the first between Iran and the six world powers since October 2009.
"We've now received a response from the Iranian authorities in which
they have said that Dr. Jalili has accepted Catherine Ashton's proposal
to meet in Geneva," the EU spokesman told AFP. "Talks between Catherine
Ashton and Dr. Jalili will now take place on Monday and Tuesday next
week in Geneva."
The six countries negotiating with Iran are the US, UK, Russia, China,
France (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council) and
Germany. The world powers reportedly want the talks to focus on Iran's
nuclear program, while Teheran would like to discuss regional security.
In response to the news, more than 260 Iranian lawmakers voiced their
opinions that Teheran should stand by its nuclear rights, Press TV