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Iran, P5+1 wrap up talks in Geneva, agree to meet again in January in Istanbul

Source: Press TV

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have ended two-day multifaceted negotiations in Geneva.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili (R) in Geneva, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010.

At the end of the third round of the comprehensive talks in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday, Iran and P5+1 agreed to hold the next round of talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul late January.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton opened the multifaceted talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Geneva on Monday after the West expressed willingness to return to the negotiating table.

During the first day's meeting, the Iranian top negotiator, mainly focused on last week's terrorist attacks targeting two Iranian nuclear scientists in Tehran. Jalili lashed out at the West's silence over the attacks, which left one Iranian scientist dead and another injured.

On the first day of the multifaceted talks, the Iranian delegation noted that Tehran's nuclear rights are non-negotiable.

Tehran has made it clear that the comprehensive talks with P5+1 will not include the nuclear issue as the case has been resolved.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday the Islamic Republic entered negotiations with the P5+1 with a very positive and constructive approach.

He added that Iran expects the P5+1 to change its previous approach and generate a more constructive atmosphere.

"The expectation is that the P5+1 will also help establish a constructive and positive atmosphere in this round of talks by modifying its previous approach," the spokesman pointed out.

Dialog between Iran and the P5+1 was stalled in October 1, 2009, after the Vienna Group tried to pressure Iran to ship most of its low-enriched uranium out of the country in exchange for reactor fuel from potential suppliers such as Russia and France.

Iran issued a declaration with Turkey and Brazil on May 17 after the West refused to provide concrete guarantees that Iran would receive the fuel in due time.

Under the declaration, Tehran expresses readiness to exchange 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium on Turkish soil with 20 percent-enriched nuclear fuel.

Tehran on the last day of November agreed on Geneva as the venue of talks with the P5+1.

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