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Iran's top nuclear negotiator will meet with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana


Let's read what the CNN NEWS wrote about Iran in the European Union.





July 17 08


Iran's top nuclear negotiator will meet with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana


IRNA news agency: Iran hopes for "positive outcome" from talks


U.S. diplomat William Burns at meeting, marking shift in U.S. policy on Iran


U.S.: Burns under strict orders that he can listen but not engage in talks with Iran


GENEVA, Switzerland (CNN) -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, called nuclear talks Saturday with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana constructive, but didn't say whether Iran would accept a recent EU nuclear proposal.



The proposal is meant to address Western concerns that Iran might be developing nuclear weapons. Iran says it only is pursuing nuclear power for energy purposes.


A senior U.S. administration official told CNN Wednesday that Washington simply wants to remind Tehran that there are consequences -- possibly more sanctions -- if Tehran doesn't accept the offer of the refreshed incentives.




Until now, U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted that the United States would talk to Iran only after Tehran halted its nuclear program.


EU officials have said they wanted the meeting to advance discussions with Iran and break the deadlock over the country's nuclear activities.


Iranian officials expressed hope that Saturday's talks would be held in a new atmosphere of trust with no threats.


The U.S. participation in the talks is a "new positive approach," Mottaki said Friday, in comments carried by IRNA.


"I hope this progress (in the format) will also have (an) impact on the content of the talks," Mottaki said.


McCormack and others refused to predict whether sending Burns to the Saturday meeting will set off a carefully executed series of diplomatic maneuvers, the first of which would be for Iran to "freeze" its nuclear program while the United States and its allies freeze any new sanctions, followed by a formal "suspension" on both sides.