BRUSSELS Nov 15 EU foreign policy chief
Catherine Ashton will host a meeting of representatives of six
major powers in Brussels on Wednesday, as part of efforts to
dissuade Iran from its nuclear programme, a spokeswoman for
Ashton said on Thursday.
The talks with the six will be the first since the Nov. 6
re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama, which raised hope of
a revival of diplomacy after hawkish campaign talk and
speculation that Israel might strike Iranian nuclear facilities.
"Ashton will host a meeting of ... political directors in
Brussels on 21 November," the spokeswoman said in an email.
"This is part of the ongoing ... consultations to find a
diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue."
The six powers are the United States, China, Russia, France,
Britain and Germany. The United States and Israel in particular
believe Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons capability. Iran
denies this, saying its programme is entirely peaceful.
Obama said on Wednesday he would renew efforts for a
diplomatic resolution but that he was not "as of today" planning
talks between the United States and Iran.
The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is
expected to submit its next quarterly Iran report to member
states on Friday. EU and U.S. sanctions have made it harder for
Iran to sell and transport its oil, but Tehran has shown no sign
of backing down on the nuclear work.