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Iranian FM: Iran, EU3 launch new round of nuclear talks

Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA-Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday that Iran and the EU3 have launched a new round of talks in the past few days.

"While studying the Russian proposal, the Islamic Republic of Iran has had intensive dialogue with the EU3 states in the past few days," said Mottaki in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al-Khalifa.

Mottaki said the talks were held in London, Berlin and Paris, as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency with officials and ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany.

To a question about the achievements of the visits of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani to Moscow and Beijing, Mottaki said the top Iranian nuclear negotiator had during the visits held talks with Russian and Chinese officials on the latest developments in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Mottaki said the first round of talks on Russian proposal was held in Tehran.

Talks were also held about the Russian proposal during Larijani's visit to Russian but the issue needs further expert and careful discussions, he added.

He noted that the second round of Tehran-Moscow talks are slated for February 16 and Russian proposal from Iran's point of view is under serious discussion.

He said the Russian proposal can set a new strategy for reaching an understanding.

He expressed hope that the March meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors will arrive at good results.

He said continuation of the intensive dialogue and reaching a collective decision by March is not a goal which cannot be achieved.

Asked on evidences showing likely involvement of British agents in the terrorist explosions in Ahvaz (Khuzestan province), Mottaki said Iranian security officials have announced readiness to put the evidences and information related to the past events at the disposal of related British officials and this will be done soon.

He expressed the hope to attain concrete results in that connection to prevent the occurrence of such incidents.

On his visit to South Africa and participation in the two-day Non-Aligned Movement troika meeting, Mottaki said the meeting, held at the foreign ministers' level, aimed to serve as a preparatory for the NAM summit, due to be held in Cuba.

He said that in the meeting, the Islamic Republic of Iran had also expressed its readiness to unveil its transparent stances on peaceful nuclear activities and the chairman of the meeting welcomed the idea.

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