21 Jan '11, 11pm

#tcot #jcot #news Defiant Iran insists on uranium enrichment; talks inconclusive - [of course not]

#tcot #jcot #news Defiant Iran insists on uranium enrichment; talks inconclusive - [of course not]

ISTANBUL: A defiant Iran said on Friday its uranium enrichment drive was not up for debate, as Western sources described talks between the Islamic republic and world powers in Istanbul as "inconclusive." Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili met with representatives from the P5+1 group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany, led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. It was the second round of talks between Iran and the powers after talks resumed last month in Geneva, breaking a 14-month hiatus in diplomatic efforts to dispel concerns that Tehran is secretly developing an atomic bomb. "We will absolutely not allow the talks to go into the issue of our basic rights like the issue of suspending enrichment," Abolfazl Zohrevand, an aide to Jalili, said at an Istanbul mosque where the Iranians went for Friday prayers. He insisted however t...

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