Iran says talks with big powers to be held in January

NEW DELHI Fri Jan 4, 2013 5:21am EST

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili answers questions during a joint news conference with Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh Al-Fayad (not pictured) in Baghdad, August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili answers questions during a joint news conference with Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh Al-Fayad (not pictured) in Baghdad, August 8, 2012.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Iran has agreed to hold talks with six major powers about its atomic program in January but the date and venue has yet to be decided, the country's top nuclear negotiator said on Friday.

The six powers want to rein in Iran's uranium enrichment program to ensure it is geared only for civilian energy, through a mix of diplomacy and sanctions. Iran denies Western assertions it is seeking nuclear weapons capability.

"We have accepted that these talks should be held in January, but until now, the details have not been finalized," Jalili said through a translator during a trip to India.

The six powers - the United States, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and China - have failed to achieve a breakthrough in three rounds of talks since April. But neither side has been willing to break off totally, partly because of concern this could lead to war if Israel attacked its arch-foe.

The powers last met Iran for talks in Moscow. That meeting was followed by low-level technical talks in Istanbul.

Jalili is the second member of Iran's nuclear team to visit India in the past month. He said he welcomed the two countries' strong ties but said India had no particular role in getting nuclear talks restarted.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Comments (2)
americanguy wrote:
They should change the name of “Iran” to “Liars”.
I think a better policy would be for the world to totally isolate Iran, let them fall into the dark ages, and warn them if they ever tried to use a nuclear weapon, or sell one, that Iran would be instantly wiped off the face of the earth without warning. The Iranian people have the power to rise up and change things, but if they do not, they deserve everything they will get. If Israel wants to wipe out Iran, fine with me. I tried to be patient but I have had enough. Russia or China will not mess with Israel because Israel has 300 nuclear weapons, and MIRV ICBMS (Jericho II) to deliver them anywhere in the world. Put the snake called Iran in a box, and let it starve to death. Persian liars.

Jan 04, 2013 7:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:
americanguy: Go back to watching Fox News. There is no point even responding to your ignorant garbage.

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