EU says Iran not responded to nuclear talks proposal

BRUSSELS Fri Jan 4, 2013 11:52am EST

Michael Mann, spokesman of European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, gestures as he attends a meeting with the media in Moscow, June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Michael Mann, spokesman of European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, gestures as he attends a meeting with the media in Moscow, June 18, 2012.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has proposed a time and place for further talks on Iran's nuclear program, but Iran has yet to respond, an EU spokesman said on Friday.

Iran said earlier on Friday it had agreed to resume talks in January with six major powers - represented by the EU - but the EU spokesman said Tehran had not yet replied to proposals made on December 31.

"We offered dates and a venue, but we are still waiting to hear back from Iran," said Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, who leads negotiations on behalf of the United States, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and China.

Mann declined to say which dates and venue the EU had proposed.

The countries involved in the talks - particularly in the West - want to rein in Iran's uranium enrichment work - which Tehran says is for peaceful purposes only but which produces material which, if processed further, can be used to make nuclear bombs.

There was no breakthrough in three rounds of talks since April 2012. But neither side has been willing to break off totally, partly because of concerns this could lead to war if Israel attacks Iran - something it has threatened to do if the Islamic Republic looks close to getting nuclear weapons

(Reporting By Sebastian Moffett; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (17)
Omeer wrote:
Any negotiation with Iran, the First condition is removal of State of Israel from Muslim lands. I wish US to make a note of this.
AS long as Israel occupy Muslim’s lands there will never be any face to face negotiation. That is their demand and that will be a main demand from West. They have been demanding this condition for the past 34 years.
And they will demand that years to come until US to find another location fot israel to set up their jewish country

Jan 04, 2013 2:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Omeer wrote:
Any negotiation with Iran, the First condition is removal of State of Israel from Muslim lands. I wish US to make a note of this.
AS long as Israel occupy Muslim’s lands there will never be any face to face negotiation. That is their demand and that will be a main demand from West. They have been demanding this condition for the past 34 years.
And they will demand that years to come until US to find another location fot israel to set up their jewish country

Jan 04, 2013 2:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Iran should schedule talks with the EU instead. They could title the talks, “When will white westerners stop telling us what we can and can’t do?”, and see how fast the EU gets back to them……

Jan 04, 2013 2:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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