Iran, the West ready to resume talks
Laaska News Feb. 16, 2012
Iran is intending to resume talks over its nuclear program with the “six” of international mediators (five countries which are permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).
This was announced by the Iranian Press TV channel on Wednesday.
In a letter addressed to the EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili welcomed EU’s readiness to resume talks.
He also praised “the six” for respecting Iran’s right for a peaceful nuclear energy program.
However, it has not been yet specified when and where the talks will take place.
EU receives offer from Iran to restart nuclear talk
BRUSSELS, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU) said on Wednesday that it has received a letter from Iran offering to restart the nuclear talks.
“We received the letter today and we’re studying it, we’re consulting with our E3+3 partners,” Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told Xinhua over telephone.
She declined more comments, saying that she could only talk so much on the issue for time being.
The E3+3 includes three EU members of Britain, France and Germany, as well as three non-European nations of Russia, China and the United States.
The EU last month decided on additional sanctions on Iran, focusing on its central bank and oil exports.
Up to now, some 400 Iranian assets in the continent have been frozen and 113 people subjected to visa ban and asset freeze.