Iran, EU discuss major powers' nuclear talks offer

The senior Iranian official said that "During the (phone) conversation, the freeze-for-freeze issue will not be discussed."

Iran, EU discuss major powers' nuclear talks offer

Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana discussed an offer from major powers on Tehran's nuclear programme on Monday, a European Union official said.

An Iranian official, speaking before the telephone call, said Jalili would not discuss the main demand by world powers that Tehran freeze sensitive nuclear work.

"During the (phone) conversation, the freeze-for-freeze issue will not be discussed. Like the last talks (in Geneva), they will only discuss the common points of the two packages," the senior Iranian official told Reuters.

The EU official gave no details of whether Iran had accepted or rejected the major powers' conditions for entering formal negotiations, which are a freeze on expanding its uranium enrichment drive in return for holding off on further United Nations sanctions.

"Mr Solana will be in touch with the authorities of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States," the EU official said.

Iranian state radio said that in the phone call, the two men had "emphasised continuing the course of the Geneva talks. The preservation of this course requires a constructive and positive environment".

It said they agreed to consult again with each other in the coming days and to continue their contacts.

Reuters

 

Last Mod: 04 Ağustos 2008, 14:14
Add Comment