Iran to join six-power talks at UN: Ashton
— Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will join the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany later this week to discuss the crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said yesterday. “We talked about a number of important issues that focused on the nuclear issue,” Ashton told reporters after meeting Zarif ahead of this week’s UN General Assembly session in New York. Yesterday’s talks were the first face-to-face discussions between Ashton and Zarif and come amid hopes for an easing in the long dispute between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear intentions.
The EU, led by Ashton, has been the interlocutor for the talks between Iran and the five permanent Security Council members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — and Germany. Asked whether there was any possibility of a relaxation of sanctions against Iran, which some analysts see as the reason for a more conciliatory approach from Tehran, Ashton said: “What I saw today was energy and determination to try and move forward in our talks.” “Many things go from that.
But this was a first meeting in order to establish how we would work together.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The HeraldSimilar Stories