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Picture: (AFP/File/Behrouz Mehri) – Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (R) meets with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Iran-EU agree to pursue nuclear talks: State TV

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana agreed today to pursue talks aimed at resolving the nuclear crisis.

Their telephone talks came just days after European Union nations last week introduced fresh sanctions against Iran over its atomic drive, which Western nations fear could be a cover for a secret nuclear weapons programme.
The two sides agreed to continue negotiations in a constructive atomsphere.

“Solana and Jalili voiced satisfaction at the constructive trend of negotiations in Geneva and the contacts afterwards.”

In Brussels, Solana’s office confirmed the conversation but gave no details.

Jalili met on July 19 in Geneva with Solana, who is the pointman for the six major powers which have offered Iran a package of incentives in return for a freeze in uranium enrichment activities. They also spoke by phone on August 4.

On Friday, the presidency of the 27-member EU announced new sanctions against Iran, including restrictions on public loans and tougher cargo inspections.

The move came after Tehran gave an ambiguous answer to the demands of the six nations — UN Security Council permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany.