Iran and world powers on Tuesday broke a deadlock over the date and venue of stalled negotiations on Tehran’s disputed nuclear ambitions, agreeing to meet in Kazakhstan later this month.
The agreement was made in a telephone conversation between the offices of Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Ashton’s office confirmed the contact in which, it said, the Kazakh city of Almaty was selected for the resumption of the talks on February 26.
“She hopes that the talks will be productive and that concrete progress can be made towards a negotiated solution to meet the international community’s concerns about the Iranian nuclear programme,” her office said.
The talks aim to address a key Western concern about Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium to fissile purities of 20 percent, a process that can be used for peaceful atomic purposes as well as for making the core of a nuclear bomb.
‘All options open’
Meanwhile, United States President Barack Obama has alloptions available to him on the table to do what is necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, a top American official has said.