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Ashton Says Iran Nuclear Talks 'Substantive,' Announces Next Round

Source: RFE/RL

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Iran and world powers have held "substantive" and "useful" discussions at the second round of talks on a long-term settlement of the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. Ashton said the sides would meet again in Vienna on April 7-9.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna on March 18. (photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Ashton said the talks, which concluded on March 19 in the Austrian capital, dealt with Iran's uranium-enrichment activities, the future of Iran's heavy-water facility at Arak -- regarded as a possible source of plutonium -- and sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif appeared alongside Ashton and repeated her remarks in Persian.

In January, a six-month interim deal between Iran and the six powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States -- went into force.

Copyright (c) 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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