Iran confirms nuclear talks set for Jan 21, 22

Iran confirmed that Tehran and the six world powers have agreed to hold another round of talks.

Updated: Jan 11, 2011, 18:48 PM IST

Tehran: Iran confirmed on Tuesday that Tehran
and the six world powers have agreed to hold another round of
nuclear talks on January 21 and 22 in Istanbul.

The talks are aimed at resolving a dispute over Iran`s
nuclear programme, which world powers fear is masking a
weapons drive but which Tehran insists is entirely for
peaceful purposes.

"January 21 and 22... the 1st and 2nd of (Persian
month of) Bahman ... has been agreed by the two parties,"
foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had confirmed
the two dates on Saturday.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton,
who represents the six world powers -- Britain, China, France,
Russia, the United States and Germany -- in the talks, had
suggested January 20 for the resumption of negotiations.

The previous round of talks took place in Geneva on
December 6 and 7, ending a 14-month hiatus in negotiations
focused on Iran`s uranium enrichment programme.

Iran`s nuclear programme has grown under the
presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attracting four rounds of
UN sanctions and other unilateral punitive measures from
various countries, including the United States.

PTI