BEIJING, June 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Representatives from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as P5+1 are meeting in Moscow. They are searching for a resolution to the Iranian nuclear question.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili have also met at the Russian Foreign Ministry. Iran denies its nuclear programme has military purposes. It also refuses to curb its production of high-grade uranium until the six powers publicly acknowledge that it has the right to enrich uranium for what it says is a purely peaceful nuclear programme.
Tehran also wants relief from intensifying economic sanctions. But new US and European Union measures are due to come into force in two weeks, further tightening economic pressure on Iran.
Western diplomats have said a breakthrough is unlikely at the Moscow meeting. This is the third such round of talks since diplomatic efforts over the issue resumed in April following a 15-month hiatus. So far the talks have brought about little progress.
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