EU´s Ashton Hopes for ´Concrete´ Results in Talks with Iran (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 05/12/12)
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European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed hope
on Friday that the next round of talks between Iran and world powers
would produce “concrete” results.
Tehran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN
Security Council and Germany) held a new round of talks in Istanbul
on April 14 and will meet again in Baghdad on May 23.
“My ambition is that we come away with the beginning of the end of
the nuclear weapons program in Iran,” Ashton said at a press
conference, according to The Tehran Times. “I hope we’ll see the
beginnings of success.”
Ashton added that she would approach the talks as a “serious set of
discussions that can lead to concrete results,” said the report.
After the first round of talks in April, Ashton said they had been
constructive. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed
hope that Tehran´s next round of talks with the six powers will
mark “the beginning of the end of the nuclear issue.
Ashton’s remarks come on the same day in which an Iranian opposition
group released a report which says that the Islamic Republic is
continuing to try and develop nuclear weapons while holding talks
with Western powers.
The report was released by Mujahedeen Khalq, the same group that
first blew the whistle on Iran’s secret nuclear programs in 2002. The
group claims its newest report is based on sources within the Iranian
military and the Revolutionary Guards. The report exposes a list of
nuclear scientists who are working on developing nuclear weapons, and
even the phone numbers of some of them.
Earlier this week, new satellite photographs published by a
Washington think tank suggested that Iran has been cleansing the
The Institute for Science and International Security said in an
online posting that the imagery showed unidentified items lined up
outside the chamber, possibly related to cleaning, and what appeared
to be a stream of water from or near the chamber. (IsraelNationalNews
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