Tuesday, 7 December 2010

UPDATE: Iran and the UN agree on more nuclear talks in January

Iran and the UN have concluded two-day talks about Tehran's nuclear programme. Iranian state-television said that another round of talks has been agreed for January in Istanbul.

The meeting ended on a positive note, with several of the participants describing it as “constructive” and having been conducted in a “good atmosphere”. However, it seems that no clear outcome has been reached as Iran's president has once again called on the UN to lift its sanctions.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was cited on Iranian state TV as saying that “cancelling the mistakes” of imposing sanctions would make the impending meeting in January more “fruitful”.

Speaking about the meeting a senior Iranian official said, "The negotiations will resume in end-January in Istanbul to discuss cooperation and find common points."

The international community fear that Tehran may be in the process of constructing nuclear arms, however Iran maintains that its nuclear programme is designed for peaceful civil use.

Source: BBC News

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