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Aghazadeh: EU-Iran eager to speed up work

Brussels, Feb 1, IRNA -- Gholamreza Aghazadeh, Vice-President of Iran and Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, met the European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security, Javier Solana in Brussels Tuesday and discussed Iran's peaceful nuclear program and EU-Iran relations.

"We had a good meeting,'' Aghazadeh told reporters after the 60-minute talks, adding that he evaluated the latest developments in EU-Iran negotiations with Solana.

"My impression is that both sides have a good grasp of the issues. Both sides are eager to speed up the work. I think the upcoming talks will be more concrete and deeper," he said

"We want to stress that negotiations should be more serious and to be more accelerated. Talks are in a sensitive phase," he said.

Briefing reporters on the meeting, Solana's spokesperson Cristina Gallach underlined the EU's willingness to continue the process of dialogue with the Islamic Republic.

"I want to underline the willingness of the EU to maintain the line of dialogue in good faith in order to reach conclusions."

"We are entering into good dynamics. This is a complex set of issues. Therefore, we should not try to swallow more than can be digested," said Gallach.

"We think we have a good rhythm. The machinery cannot move faster," she added.

Gallach said the EU needs objective guarantees of the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.

"That's the main challenge. We are working on that and this is a dialogue that continues," she said.

Gallach said Solana and Aghazadeh held a 30-minute one-to-one talks before being joined by other officials.

She said the next round of EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) negotiations, which were resumed in January in Brussels, will be held in Tehran in March.

The EU spokesperson said negotiations of the three working groups- nuclear, security, economic - are more "subtle, a little bit more complex."

Last month the three working groups held meetings in Geneva.

EU and Iran decided to form the three working groups in January to boost closer economic, nuclear and security cooperation.

The EU-Iran steering committee will be formed in March to evaluate the result of these negotiations, said Gallach.

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