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EU's Ashton had "constructive" meeting with Iran's Jalili in Istanbul: Spokesman


Source: Mehr News Agency

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili held "constructive" talks in Istanbul on Tuesday, Ashton spokesman Michael Mann has said. The meeting was the first after the two officials' talks in Moscow back in June.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili (right) with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton - Moscow, June 2012

After the Moscow talks, both sides agreed to hold expert talks, the most recent round of which was held in Istanbul on July 24.

Ashton represents the 5+1 group - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany - in nuclear talks with Iran.

Ashton will meet with the foreign ministers of the 5+1 group on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next week "in order to assess the situation and to discuss the way forward," her office reported after the Tuesday talks.

Iran's nuclear chief asks IAEA to inform Iran about Israel's nuclear sites

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief says he has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to provide Iran with information about Israel's nuclear installations, the Tehran Times reported.


The Development and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Today eight countries are possessing nuclear weapons. The five nuclear weapons states United States, Russia (former Soviet Union), United Kingdom, France and China, are the only countries allowed to have nuclear weapons according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1970. All members of the United Nations except Israel, India and Pakistan have signed the NPT.

"During today's meeting, I told Amano to allow (Iran) to defend its achievements on an equal footing (with Israel) in view of the situation in the region and the danger that exists for Iran," Fereydoun Abbasi told reporters after a meeting with IAEA director Yukiya Amano in Vienna on Monday.

Abbasi was in Vienna to attend the IAEA's 155-nation general conference.

"I advised the director general to also provide us with (information about) geographical coordinates and the number of nuclear facilities of the Zionist regime, which is an enemy of Iran, so that the two sides would be on an equal footing to (take action)."

On Monday, Abbasi said "terrorists and saboteurs" might have infiltrated the IAEA in an effort to derail Iran's nuclear program.

"Terrorists and saboteurs might have intruded the agency and might be making decisions covertly," Abbasi told the general conference.

For example, Abbasi said, explosives had been used to cut power lines from the city of Qom to the Fordo uranium enrichment facility on August 17. He said IAEA inspectors arrived to inspect it shortly after power lines were blown up.

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