US urges Iran to accept invite to nuclear talks

The United States is urging Iran to agree to a meeting with the six key nations trying to ensure that its nuclear program is peaceful in which the US will be a full participant. US deputy ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo said Monday that Iran had not responded to the request from the five permanent council members - the US, Russia, China, Britain and France - and Germany for new talks. The talks would be the first international discussion on Iran's nuclear program since US President Barack Obama took office in January. DiCarlo told the UN Security Council that the United States remains committed to direct diplomacy with Iran to resolve the nuclear issue and will engage Teheran on the basis of mutual respect.