World's major countries call for Iran to engage in nuclear talks

08:56, March 10, 2011      

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Six major countries on Wednesday called for Iran to engage in future dialogues and negotiations over its nuclear program, despite difficulties encountered in recent talks.

"The door remains open," according to a joint statement of the board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by the six countries, namely the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, plus Germany.

"It remains our wish to establish a cooperative relationship with Iran in many fields including that of peaceful nuclear technology -- where of course we fully recognize Iran's rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty," the statement said.

It also said the six countries expected Iran to demonstrate a pragmatic attitude and to respond positively to their proposals and openness toward dialogues and negotiations.

The six countries tried to persuade Iran to rein in its nuclear program during two rounds of talks in Geneva and Istanbul in the past few months, but no breakthrough has been achieved.

Source: Xinhua
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