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US welcomes Iran’s offer to resume nuclear talks

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Laaska News  Feb. 18, 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed Iran’s willingness to resume negotiations on the nation’s nuclear program, calling it an important step.

Clinton spoke to reporters in Washington on Friday after a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The 2 discussed a letter sent by Iran on Wednesday to Ashton expressing its willingness to resume nuclear talks with 6 other countries. The talks have been stalled since January of last year.

Clinton at the same time said resumption of negotiations would require sustained effort by Iran to address its nuclear program.

She urged Iran to provide information about its uranium enrichment and abide by the UN resolution calling for an immediate halt to such activities.

Earlier this week, Iran announced major advances in its nuclear program, saying it has succeeded in creating its first nuclear fuel rods and its new advanced centrifuges have increased uranium enrichment capacity.

The US government has called the announcement an exaggeration.

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