Tehran Nuclear Talks Set for April in Istanbul (WSJ) WALL STREET JOURNAL) By LAURENCE NORMAN BRUSSELS, BELGIUM 03/28/12)
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BRUSSELS—Talks between Iran and six major powers on its nuclear
program look set to start on April 14 in Istanbul, a senior European
Union diplomat said.
The so-called P5+1—which groups together the U.S., Russia, China,
Germany, the U.K. and France—last met with Iran in January 2011, also
Those talks broke down after just a couple of days, and have been
followed by a growing series of U.S. and European Union sanctions
intended to choke off Iran´s oil revenue and press it back to
As part of the talks, the Obama administration and its diplomatic
partners are preparing to ask Tehran to cease enriching uranium at
levels dangerously close to weapons grade, said officials briefed on
the plan. The U.S. and many others say the Iranian program is aimed
at developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies that charge.
EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton, who heads the P5+1 group,
has said the talks need time. "If this is successful, it will be a
sustained process," she said at a recent Brussels forum.
Mrs. Ashton has been a defender of the track approach that by
intensifying sanctions, Iran could be pressured into meaningful
talks. President Barack Obama recently said the window for a
diplomatic solution with Iran is narrowing.
Iran didn´t want to meet in any country that placed sanctions on it,
according to a person familiar with the discussions.
—Jay Solomon contributed to this article.
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