U.S. hopes for high-level meeting with Iran, world powers in weeks

08:45, July 29, 2010      

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The United States said on Wednesday that it hoped to hold high-level meetings in the coming weeks with Iran and other five world powers in an effort to ease international concerns over Iran's nuclear program.

"We hope to have the same kind of meeting in the coming weeks that we had last October," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said, referring to meetings last year in Geneva in which world powers proposed and urged Iran to accept a nuclear fuel swap deal.

Crowley said the U.S. is seeking a process through which Iran would be prepared to engage constructively on a range of issues, including a deal to provide fuel to Iran's research reactor.

"This is expressly the kind of dialogue that we need to have with Iran to be able to resolve the questions that we have and other countries have," he said.

"The right forum for cooperation is the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and the right channel for communications is through the P5+1," he added.

In October 2009, China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and the U.S. proposed in talks held in Geneva that Iran ship most of its existing low-grade enriched uranium to Russia and France, where the enriched uranium would be processed into fuel rods with the purity of 20 percent.

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