Iran says its top nuclear negotiator will meet with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana later this month in Geneva for talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
Iran's official news agency (IRNA) quoted a spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ahmad Khademolmelleh as saying the talks between Saeed Jalili and Solana will take place on July 19. They are scheduled to discuss a package of incentives Solana introduced in June.
Six world powers (Russia, China, France, Germany, Britain and the United States) have offered Iran a variety of incentives to halt sensative nuclear work.
On Thursday, the U.S. State Department confirmed that Iran could enter negotiations without initially suspending its uranium enrichment program as the U.S. and the other world powers have demanded.
U.S. and other officials allege Iran's nuclear program is weapons-related. Tehran denies the charge.
Tensions increased this week after Iran conducted two rounds of missile tests that included the firing of a medium-range rocket capable of hitting Israel.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice responded to the tests, saying Washington is prepared to defend its allies in the region.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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