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Group 5+1 calls for direct talks with Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, March 4, IRNA – Members of the Group 5+1 here on Tuesday evening urged Iran to hold direct negotiations with the group.

The group made the announcement in its statement issued at the current meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency which started in the agency's headquarters in the Austrian capital on March 2.

Group 5+1 consists of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, Russian, France, Britain, and the US – plus Germany.

The Group 5+1 statement reiterated that members of the group are committed to comprehensive and diplomatic solutions, including direct talks, with regards to Iran’s nuclear case.

“We urge Iran to make maximum use of the existing opportunities and join us in order to resolve its nuclear issue,” the statement added.

Referring to the recent report by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran’s nuclear program, the statement called on the Islamic Republic to continue its full cooperation with the UN nuclear body to pave the way for resolving the issue.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly announced that it continues its full cooperation with the IAEA within the framework of the Safeguards and the NPT and that the cooperation has been and will be transparent.

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