European Union foreign ministers say a "swift implementation of voluntary
measures by all sides" is key in nuclear talks between Iran and six world
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton
(photo by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA)
The ministers, meeting in Brussels, said in a statement on December 16 that
Iran has to implement "its commitments in good faith."
The statement said the European Union remains committed to the suspension of EU
sanctions immediately after the UN nuclear agency verifies the implementation of
the nuclear-related measures by Tehran.
Earlier, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton reiterated optimism that the
nuclear talks would be resumed soon.
She said most of the details for resuming negotiations had been "sorted out."
The talks were halted last week for "consultations" after Washington added more
names to a blacklist aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining the means to
construct nuclear weapons.
Iranian Official: EU's Ashton Reassures Tehran On Nuke Deal
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi says EU foreign-policy chief
Catherine Ashton has reassured Iran that world powers are committed to an
agreement reducing Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for easing sanctions
Araghchi made his comments in Brussels after talks with Ashton.
He said technical talks between the world powers and Iranian officials will
continue "very soon." Iran and the United States, Britain, China, France,
Russia, and Germany signed the interim agreement in Geneva last month.
Iranian officials were angered last week by a U.S. move to expand the number of
companies on a blacklist of entities evading sanctions against Iran, and stopped
talks in Vienna on how to implement the agreement.
An Ashton spokesman said the meeting on December 17 was held to "take stock of
Based on reporting by dpa, Mehr, and ISNA
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