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EU-Iranian officials to meet on nuke standoff

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 11:56

Vienna: The European Union says senior EU and Iranian officials will meet on July 24 to discuss whether there is enough common ground to restart stalled talks over Tehran`s nuclear programme.

A statement from EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton says her deputy, Helga Schmid, will meet with Ali Bagheri, Iran`s deputy nuclear negotiator.

The statement issued today said the two were meeting to see how gaps could be narrowed. It said those talks will then be followed by a "contact" between Ashton and chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.

Six world powers want Iran to curb nuclear enrichment, which can produce both reactor fuel and nuclear warhead material. Iran refuses, saying its enrichment is only for peaceful purposes.

Recent high-level talks convened by Ashton have failed to narrow the differences.


First Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 11:56

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