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EU nuclear negotiator to respond to Iran's letter

Iran Materials 9 August 2012 18:03
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will respond to Iran’s letter about its nuclear programme when Ramadan ends
EU nuclear negotiator to respond to Iran's letter

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 9/ Trend M. Moezzi

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will respond to Iran's letter about its nuclear programme when Ramadan ends, the Fars news agency reports.

At a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart, Faleh Fayyaz, Saeed Jalili, the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told reporters Iran had sent the EU policy chief a letter stating its belief that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) allows everyone access to nuclear science and permits no one to have nuclear weapons.

The letter is a reflection of Iran's position during rounds of nuclear talks in Baghdad and Moscow, said Mr. Jalili. Ramadan will end on August 18.

Iran is presently in a standoff with the West over its nuclear programme. International sanctions have been levied against Iran's oil industry and Central Bank to make the country become more transparent about its nuclear activities. The most recent rounds of negotiations between the permanent members of the UN Security Council-the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China- plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran have been held in Istanbul, Baghdad and Moscow this spring and early summer.

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