EU confirms new Iran nuclear talks on Dec 17

 The European Union confirmed on Friday that talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran`s nuclear programme will resume on December 17 in Geneva.

AFP| Updated: Dec 12, 2014, 15:58 PM IST

Brussels: The European Union confirmed on Friday that talks between Iran and world powers on Tehran`s nuclear programme will resume on December 17 in Geneva.

The talks, first announced in a report from Iran on Thursday, will be at the level of senior officials rather than ministers, the EU`s diplomatic service said.

"The political directors of the (world powers) and Iran will meet again on 17 December 2014 in Geneva for a one-day meeting to continue diplomatic efforts towards reaching a long-term, comprehensive solution," it said in a statement.

Despite making progress, the UN`s five permanent Security Council members plus Germany and Iran failed to clinch a definitive deal by a November deadline at talks in Vienna and agreed to extend the talks until July 1.

A final agreement is aimed at ensuring Tehran will never develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian activities, and would lift international sanctions that have crippled Iran`s economy.

Iran denies that it is seeking the bomb and insists its nuclear activities are for solely peaceful purposes.