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World Powers, Iran To Meet In New York On September 18

World Powers, Iran To Meet In New York On September 18

Brussels (AFP) — Six world powers and Iran will hold new talks in New York on September 18, EU officials said Thursday, as efforts intensify toward clinching a nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline.

The talks involving the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany and led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton “will continue in New York as of September 18,” Ashton spokesman Michael Mann said.

An EU source told AFP on condition of anonymity that the talks would be held at the level of political directors.

Mann said the talks in New York, which typically take place on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, would be preceded by similar but smaller groupings of officials in both Geneva and Vienna.

Talks were due to begin Thursday in Geneva between senior U.S. and Iranian officials while he added that France, Britain, and Germany would hold a separate round of talks with Iran at the political directors level on September 11 in Vienna.

Earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had had “good discussions” with Ashton in Brussels and Tehran was committed to an accord over its contested nuclear program.

Quoted by the Belga news agency, Zarif said he was “fairly optimistic” after that Iran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States — plus Germany could reach a deal by the November deadline.

AFP Photo/Atta Kenare

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  • What a waste of time. These talks are simply a way for Iran to stall
    in order to continue development and gain concessions such as the release of
    billions in frozen assets without having to give up anything.

    Even though Rouhani proclaimed Iran’s
    willingness to release information to inspectors, it has again refused
    inspectors requests for data and access during the negotiation process on the
    current state of its nuclear program. Iran always has and always will want
    nuclear weapons and no amount of talk is going to change its mind.

    • Sand_Cat

      With people like the US and its allies invading countries they decide they don’t like, who can blame a nation that suffered years under a brutal dictator installed by the US for wanting insurance against some new idiot’s wanting to be “the Decider” at their expense?