Jalili meets Russian Deputy FM
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran Saeed Jalili has met Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov after meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton in evening reported Fars news agency.
The previous round of talks on Iran's nuclear program between the "Six" (the permanent members of UN Security Council and Iran after a 14-month break was conducted in December 2010 in Geneva. An agreement was reached to hold the next round of talks on Jan. 21, 2011.
The talks between Iran and P5+1 (France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, and People's Republic of China) countries were held on Friday in Istanbul. The EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton presuded the talks. The first day of negotiations ended. It is scheduled to continue negotiations tomorrow.
The United States and other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons for military purposes under the guise of a peaceful nuclear energy program. Tehran denies the charges, saying that its nuclear program is aimed solely at meeting the country's electricity needs. The U.N. Security Council adopted six resolutions in connection with the suspension of Iran's nuclear program. Four involve the use of economic sanctions on Iran.