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G8 calls for concrete results from Iran nuclear talks: Clinton

(Xinhua)

09:51, April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) are calling for concrete results from the upcoming Iran nuclear talks to be held in Turkey's Istanbul, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

"We are looking for concrete results. And of course, in a negotiation, we understand that the Iranians will be asking for assurances or actions from us and we will certainly take those under consideration," Clinton told reporters after the meeting of G8 foreign ministers.

The G8 groups together eight industrialized countries including the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Russia.

Warning that the diplomatic window will not remain open forever, Clinton said: "We want to get started this weekend and we will certainly proceed in a very expeditious, diligent manner and in a sustained way to determine whether there is the potential for an agreement."

She noted that the United States and other countries are receiving "signals" that Iran is bringing "ideas" to the nuclear talks to be held on Saturday.

"This is a chance for Iran to credibly address the concerns of the international community," the chief U.S. diplomat said. "Iran, in coming to the table, needs to demonstrate that they are serious. "

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the United States and its Western allies would set demands for the upcoming negotiations on Iran's disputed nuclear program. The demands include immediate closure of the fortified underground Fordo nuclear facility in central Iran and a freeze on 20-percent uranium enrichment.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Wednesday that Iran will offer "new initiatives" at the talks with the UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany (G5+1). It is still unclear if the "new initiatives," of which the details remain unknown, will heed the demands of the West.

The last round of nuclear talks between Iran and the G5+1 was held in Istanbul in January 2011 but ended up in vain. The round before that, in late 2010, was held in Geneva.

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