Iran: Let's Restart Nuclear Talks

Letter to EU indicates willingness to talk, but hints at conditions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 29, 2010 9:40 AM CDT
Iran: Let's Restart Nuclear Talks
In this May 3, 2010 file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a conference to review the workings of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty at United Nations Headquarters.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Iran notified the European Union today that it is willing to restart international negotiations over its nuclear program after Nov. 10, potentially reviving talks that foundered a year ago. Iran's Supreme National Security Council said in a letter to the EU's foreign policy chief that Iran is ready to hold talks "in a place and on a date convenient to both sides," the official news agency reported.

In Brussels, the EU confirmed it had received the letter, with its foreign affairs chief calling it "a very important" development. The letter referenced an earlier one sent in July, in which Iran set as a condition that the six nations involved in talks clarify their position on Israel's nuclear program, which is widely believed to have produced a sizable nuclear arsenal. Today's letter, however, did not explicitly restate that demand. (More Iranian nuclear program stories.)

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