Iran welcomes EU proposal for nuclear talks: official

09:15, May 13, 2010      

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Iran on Wednesday welcomed a proposal made by European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton to resume talks over the Iranian nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The Islamic Republic of Iran principally believes in negotiations based on trust and logic, Ali Baqeri, deputy Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council for international affairs said was quoted as saying.

"If they (EU officials) adopt a clear and logic stand in negotiations, there will be no room for failed approaches," he said without elaborating.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Tehran has accepted Ashton's request for nuclear talks, the local satellite Press TV reported.

"Ashton expressed desire to negotiate with Iranian officials on several occasions... the Islamic Republic of Iran agreed on a meeting between Ms. Ashton and Mr. Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. This meeting will take place," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

"As Ashton has requested the meeting, we must wait and see which topics she would like to broach," he told reporters according to Press TV.



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