Friday, July 09, 2010

Iran calls for clear EU stance on Israel nuke weapons before talks

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator has sent a letter to the European Union’s foreign affairs chief.

World Bulletin, July 8, 2010

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator has on Tuesday sent a letter to the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, saying that talks could be held as soon as September on issues including Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said that Tehran could resume talks from September 1 with world powers over its atomic programme if its conditions were met.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA said that Jalili in a letter toEU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that Tehran needs three questions answered by world powers before it can consider resuming talks.

In the July 6 letter, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, Saeed Jalili asked Catherine Ashton for reassurances on three issues before any talks are held.

These were that talks should aim to “engage and cooperate”, should be “committed to the rationale of dialogue”, and that Ashton should state her “position on the nuclear weapons of the Zionist Regime” — a reference to nuclear-armed Israel.

Israel, which has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack over nuclear programme.

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