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Iran expresses optimism about outcome of nuclear talks


10:33, February 28, 2013

TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili expressed optimism Wednesday about the outcome of the two-day nuclear talks, saying that the world powers' attitude toward Iran's nuclear issue was "more realistic."

The two-day talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, over Iran's disputed nuclear program concluded on Wednesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Making the remarks after the meeting, Jalili said some of the West's offers, including the easing of sanctions "were more realistic comparing to what they had in the past."

In the talks, Iran urged that the steps to build confidence of both sides should be taken simultaneously and in a balanced way, so that the Iran's nuclear rights could be preserved, he said.

An expert-level meeting was decided to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 17 to 18, he said, adding that another high- ranking meeting will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, again on April 5.

He pointed out that continuation of the talks will be "a positive step" toward resolving the differences.

On Wednesday, world powers attending the new round of Iranian nuclear talks said that the meeting in Almaty had produced positive results.

Michael Mann, spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represented the powers in the talks, said the talks were "useful."

Meanwhile, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the meeting was "useful" after the talks wrapped up.

Ma Zhaoxu, Chinese assistant foreign minister who headed the Chinese delegation to the talks, also commented that the talks " have brought about tangible progress, which is beneficial to settling the dispute through dialogue."

On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said in Vienna that he was optimistic that an agreement could be reached with six world powers on his country's nuclear program, according to Tehran Times daily.

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