Iran accepts EU invitation for more nuclear talks

Iran has accepted EU`s proposal for more talks about controversial N-program.

Updated: May 10, 2011, 20:49 PM IST

Tehran: Iran has accepted the European Union`s proposal for more talks about the country`s controversial nuclear program.

A round of talks in Istanbul in January collapsed after Iran said it wouldn`t freeze uranium enrichment.

EU`s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said at the time that no new talks were planned but that world powers remained open to more discussions.

Iran`s state TV says top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili sent a reply to Ashton suggesting more talks.

Tuesday`s report says Jalili told Ashton the talks should be aimed at "cooperation over mutual points." He also said they should be fair, "respect rights of nations and avoid pressure."

The US and its European allies suspect Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, a charge Iran denies.

Bureau Report