Iran postponed talks because of opposition strife

Iran postponed crucial talks on Wednesday meant to ease its standoff with the West over its nuclear program, citing annoyance over the activities of exiled opposition groups as the reason for the unexpected 24-hour delay, EU officials said. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana expressed surprise that Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani did not appear for their scheduled meeting. Teheran said the meeting would go ahead on Thursday. "I had made it clear to the Iranians and to Dr. Larijani that we want to proceed rapidly to examine together the ideas I put to him early last month," Solana said in a statement.