Ashton asks for 5th round of Iranian nuclear talks in Almaty

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has asked for the fifth round of P5+1 and Iran talks, an Iranian source told Trend from Almaty.

Iran and six major powers (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany) finished the fourth round of nuclear talks on Saturday afternoon.

The sides have hold four rounds of negotiations during the past two days, which were reportedly with “little progress”.

According to Fars News Agency, Ali Bagheri, the deputy of Iranian delegation head Saeed Jalili met with a French delegation, alongside Jalili’s meeting with the deputies of Six Major Power’s foreign ministers in the morning. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is the six world powers’ lead negotiator.

P5+1 had offered Iran a package during the last talks in February, proposing to eliminate some sanctions over Iran, such as ban on gold deal, instead of halting uranium enrichment at a 20 percent level.

However, Western diplomats say Iran returns to talks with its new proposals, without answering to six major powers’ last package.

By Trend


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