Iran mulls more nuclear talks in Kazakhstan

June 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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ASTANA, Kazakhstan, June 26 (UPI) -- A nuclear negotiating team from Iran is waiting on word from its diplomatic partners on whether to hold talks in Kazakhstan, an Iranian envoy said.

Iranian Ambassador Gorban Seyfi said in Astana Wednesday it is possible Kazakhstan would host another round of talks, the third in the country, on Iranian nuclear issues.

February talks in Kazakhstan concerned efforts to get Iran to suspend some of its nuclear research in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions. A second round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany concluded in Kazakhstan in April, with few breakthroughs.

"At the end of the second round, Saeed Jalili, chairman of national council of safety and Iran's chief negotiator, declared that Iran is not against holding the third round of talks in Kazakhstan," Gorban was as saying by China's official Xinhua News Agency. "We will wait for the decision of the main negotiators of P5+1 group."

Last week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing was eager to make advancements on nuclear negotiations with Iran. Hua said dialogue with a new Iranian government was the only way to reach a peaceful and long-term solution to the nuclear issue.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says there may be military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program, a charge the Iranian government denies.

Former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani will be sworn in as Iran's new president in August.

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