Iran nuclear talks 'detailed, substantive': Ashton

7th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Talks between world powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear ambitions were "detailed, substantive," Catherine Ashton, the European Union's top diplomat, said Tuesday, following two days of scheduled discussions.

"We have had nearly two days of detailed, substantive talks focusing on the Iranian nuclear programme and the need for Iran to comply with international obligations," said Ashton.

"The countries I represent are united in seeking a resolution of the international community's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear programme, which is the central purpose of these talks.

"We recognise Iran's rights, but insist it fulfils its obligations."

Ashton represented the five permanent powers of the Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany at the meeting with Iran in Geneva.

She also confirmed that talks would resume in Istanbul in late January, when "we plan to discuss practical ideas and ways of cooperating towards the resolution of our core concerns about the nuclear issue."

A member of the Iranian delegation told AFP earlier that both sides would meet again in Istanbul where they will discuss "cooperation and find common points."

© 2010 AFP

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