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`Urgent` for Iran to ease nuke concerns: Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there remained time for a diplomatic solution over Iran`s nuclear programme.



Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said there remained time for a diplomatic solution over Iran`s nuclear programme but it was "urgent" for the Islamic republic to ease concerns.

Speaking at the start of talks among foreign ministers of the Group of Eight, Hillary said an upcoming meeting between Iran and major powers was "an opportunity for Iran to address seriously the international community`s concerns”.

"We believe there is still time for diplomacy, but it is urgent that the Iranians come to the table to establish an environment conducive to achieving concrete results through a sustained process," Hillary said.

Iran is expected to meet representatives of six powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- starting on Saturday in Istanbul.

The talks, which come after a break of more than a year, come as Israel and the United States ramp up pressure on Iran over its contested nuclear programme.

Israeli and some Western officials accuse Iran of building a nuclear bomb, but the clerical regime says its programme is for peaceful purposes. (AFP)

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