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EU wants to resume negotiations with Iran

Brussels, Oct 10, IRNA-The European Union High Representative for common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, on Monday reiterated that the 25-member European bloc wants negotiations to resume with the Islamic Republic on the nuclear issues.

"Our position continues to be an open position. We want negotiations to resume and we hope very much that negotiations will resume," Solana told reporters in Brussels Monday in reply to IRNA's question on EU-Iran negotiations.

Asked to comment on reports that South Africa was to present proposals linked with the EU-Iran nuclear talks, Solana replied, "we have to wait and see and analyze it."

He said there were rumors about the proposal even before the UN General Assembly but it was not mentioned in the speeches of either South African President Thabo Mbeki or of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"We have to see how is the proposal and how it is taken in the (IAEA) Board of Governors and how they analyze it, if it is put on the table," said the EU foreign policy chief.

Solana added that "there is still a possibility for a political solution and to cooperate and negotiate with Iran ."

He said the Nobel Peace prize awarded to IAEA and its head Mohammad ElBaradei was in recognition for the work that they have done.

IAEA delegation due in Iran

Vienna, Oct 10, IRNA-A delegation, comprising senior envoys of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will arrive here this week for talks with Iranian officials.

A western diplomat told IRNA on Monday that the delegation is expected to hold talks with Iranian officials on the latest developments in Iran's nuclear activities and find a way out of the current stalemate regarding the case.

The diplomat, who wanted not to be named, declined to unveil further details about the composition of the delegation, duration of its stay in Iran or other issues due to be discussed during the team's meetings with Iranian officials.

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