TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Friday agreed to resume nuclear talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (G5+1) in November, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said in a letter to the European Union's Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton that Iran welcomes "the willingness of G5+1 to return to the talks with Iran," a note said, a copy of which was made available to IRNA on Friday.
The note added that the resumption of talks has been proposed to be after the "10th of November 2010, in a place and on a date convenient to both sides," the report said.
Meanwhile, Ashton said in Brussels on Friday morning that Iran is ready to resume talks over nuclear program.
Ashton, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said that she had received a letter from Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in which he agreed to resume talks after Nov. 10.
"I think this is a very significant move," Ashton told press when attending European Council summit held in Brussels from Thursday to Friday.
"We are now in touch with Iran to agree on time and venue" of the talks, she added.
Earlier, Ashton invited Jalili in a letter to hold talks in Vienna from after Nov. 15.
Iran begins fuelling Bushehr nuclear reactor amid talks appeal
A worker works in a part of the electricity generating plant of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, Oct. 26, 2010. Iran has begun loading fuel into the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the first in Iran, on Tuesday. (Xinhua/ Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgaripour)
TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran began loading uranium fuel rods into the core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, a process considered as the last major step to start up the long-delayed Russia-built reactor.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi said "injecting 163 fuel rods into the core of the Bushehr reactor has started," and the plant would join national grid in mid-February, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Full story
Russia confirms it won't supply Iran with prohibited arms
MOSCOW, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia's state-owned defense industry corporation Rosoboronexport would not supply Iran with arms prohibited by UN sanctions, chief executive officer Anatoli Isaikin said Thursday.
"If (Iran) orders equipment that does not fall under the sanctions, we will negotiate. Supply of the arms from this list is out of the question," the RBC news agency quoted him as saying. Full story
U.S. slaps sanctions on 37 Iran-related companies in Europe
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday slapped sanctions on 37 Europe-based companies and five Iranian individuals for assisting Iran's national shipping company on weapons program.
"The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of 37 front companies based in Germany, Malta, and Cyprus and five Iranian individuals for being owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its affiliates," Treasury Department said in a statement. Full story
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