Restart It Up
Posted on Oct 29, 2010
In one of the world’s most troubling on-again-off-again relationships, Iran has announced that it is open to resuming stalled multilateral talks over its nuclear program after irreconcilable differences shut down negotiation channels between Iran and six other nations last year. —JCL
Iran has said it is willing to resume the stalled international talks over its contentious nuclear programme, the EU said today.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, sent the EU’s foreign policy chief, the British peer Lady Ashton, a letter saying he was prepared to continue the talks, which halted a year ago, “in a place and on a date convenient to both sides” after 10 November.
“I think this is a very significant move,” Ashton told reporters at the EU summit in Brussels. Earlier this month Ashton—who is the main contact point for Iran in talks involving Britain, France and Germany along with the US, Russia and China—invited Jalili for three days of negotiations in Vienna next month.
AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at the country’s Narantz nuclear facility in 2009.