EU's foreign policy chief says new contacts with Iran possible
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Friday further contacts with Iran were possible soon to try to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program.
"There may be some contacts to follow -- (like) some of the contacts we had during the summer of my deputy with his (Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili's) deputy to recuperate contacts -- soon," he told Reuters ahead of an EU-Russia summit in Nice.
Solana, who has been leading so far fruitless negotiations with Iran on behalf of major world powers, said any such meeting could then lay the ground for a further discussion between himself and Jalili "if that produces sufficient clarification."
Solana was speaking a day after senior officials from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France -- plus Germany met in France to discuss Iran's contested nuclear program.
However, there was little sign of any breakthrough and a brief French Foreign Ministry statement issued afterwards gave no indication of any major new initiatives or steps forward.
"(There was) not a specific decision taken," Solana said.
Major powers believe the Iranian nuclear program is a cover for making the atom bomb -- a goal Tehran denies -- and have agreed successive waves of sanctions in response to its refusal to suspend enrichment of uranium. Iran said last week it had received a letter from Solana on the matter.