EU-Iran nuclear talks 'to be held in Madrid this week'

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29 May 2007, HAMBURG - EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he will likely meet Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, in Spain on Thursday.

29 May 2007

HAMBURG - EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he will likely meet Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, in Spain on Thursday.

"It's going to be Thursday, likely Madrid," Solana told reporters Tuesday on the sidelines of a meeting of EU and Asian foreign ministers, who also were expected to discuss concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The talks are meant to explore whether there is room to resume negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program, which the EU and the United States fear is being used to make weapons. Iran rejects Western claims, saying its program is for generating electricity.

The U.N. Security Council has demanded Iran suspend uranium enrichment, which can produce both reactor fuel and _ at higher levels _ weapons-grade material. The Security Council first imposed sanctions on Iran on Dec. 23 for rejecting its demands, and then modestly increased them in March.

Iranian officials said Monday that Tehran was ready to transfer peaceful nuclear know-how to regional countries amid international pressure that it roll back its own nuclear program.

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