- Iran hopes for resumption of nuke talks
Spokesman Michael Mann said Thursday that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will discuss the matter with chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili. It "will happen soon, but we don't yet have the date," Mann says.
Ashton's deputy Helga Schmid held talks Tuesday in Istanbul with Ali Bagheri, Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator, to pave the way for another high-level meeting.
The US and other world powers want Iran to curb nuclear enrichment, which can produce nuclear warhead material, but Iran says its nuclear program is designed solely for peaceful purposes.
Recent high-level talks have failed to narrow those differences, and Iran faces intensified international sanctions over its program.
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