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Ashton: Iran has agreed to join talks on its nuclear program

RIA Novosti

Berlin, Oct 29, IRNA -- Iran has agreed in principle to join international talks on its nuclear program but has yet to agree on a date and location, the German press agency dpa quoted European Union foreign policy supremo, Catherine Ashton as saying on Friday.

Speaking to media representatives ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Ashton said,'We got a letter this morning from Iran ... (Iranian chief negotiator Saeed) Jalili is willing to agree a time and a venue to begin negotiations after November 10.'

'We are now in touch with Iran to see if we can agree (the) time and venue,' she added.

Ashton negotiates on behalf of the so-called '5+1' group: the five permanent security council members (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States) and Germany.

Earlier this month, Ashton proposed holding talks in Vienna on November 15-17.

While the western powers want the talks to focus primarily on the nuclear program, Iran insists the talks should also focus on regional peace and disarmament issues, specifically the Zionist regime's nuclear weapons program.

Tehran had complained that Ashton was being less committed to the talks with Iran than her predecessor Javier Solana.

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