Iran's Jalili meet U.S. Burns in Geneva at U.S. request: official

09:31, October 05, 2009      

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An Iranian official said a meeting between Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and U.S. envoy William Burns in Geneva was held at the request of the American side, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

"The meeting of the U.S. delegation with the Iranian delegation was held at the request of the Americans," Iran's Supreme National Security Council Undersecretary for Foreign Policy Affairs Ali Baqeri was quoted as saying.

"The meeting was held merely within the framework of Iran's proposed package," he said, adding that the two sides discussed the ways for continuing the path to attain the goals specified at the Geneva meeting.

On Thursday, Jalili held talks with top envoys from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany in Geneva, Switzerland. They agreed to hold a second round of meeting focusing on Iran's nuclear issue by the end of this month.

"Given that Iran is now a nuclear state, it will develop the industry in the geographical and software arenas and will establish new installations within the boundaries of IAEA rules and regulations," Fars quoted Baqeri as saying.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday at a joint press conference in Tehran with Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, that the UN nuclear watchdog would inspect Iran's newly disclosed uranium plant near Qom on Oct. 25.

Source: Xinhua
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