TEHRAN, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iran and six world powers started a new round of nuclear talks in Turkey on Friday with Iran remaining defiant to West's calls to halt its nuclear program.
The comprehensive talks between Iran and the representatives of five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (G5+ 1) started at Ciragan palace in Istanbul behind the closed doors on Friday morning, an English language satellite Press TV correspondent reported.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is representing G5+1 and the Iranian delegation is represented by Saeed Jalili, the country's top nuclear negotiator.
The United States and Europe attend the talks on Friday remaining critical of Iran's nuclear program, suspecting that Iran masks a drive to develop an atomic bomb, a charge repeatedly denied by Iran.
Iran's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, said a day ahead of talks that Iran would not halt its uranium enrichment project under any condition.
Soltanieh said in Moscow on Thursday Iran did not fear any threat and "the Islamic Republic of Iran will not halt its enrichment program," an official IRNA news agency report said on Friday.
"We will not implement the UN Security Council resolutions under any condition and will not halt the enrichment process even for a single moment," he was quoted as saying.
World powers start nuclear talks with Iran
ISTANBUL, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Six world powers started nuclear talks with Iran here on Friday.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton heads the delegations representing six big powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. Full story
Russia against Iranian sanctions
ISTANBUL, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Russian foreign minister said here on Thursday that Russian had always been against unilateral sanctions against Iran and hopes that they can be lifted in the upcoming Iranian nuclear talks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the statement at a press conference shortly after his meeting with Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in Ciragan Palace, Istanbul. Full story
Prospect of Istanbul nuclear talks less promising
TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- After eight years of struggle over Iran's nuclear program, the prospect of the upcoming nuclear meeting between Iran and the G5+1 countries in Istanbul on Friday and Saturday seems to be less promising.
Both sides are taking steps into the talks with no road map having been developed for the advancement of the talks, instead absolute rhetoric from both sides persisting their earlier stances overshadows the outcome of the meeting. Full story
China optimistic about Iranian nuclear talks in Istanbul: official
ISTANBUL, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese delegation headed by Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wu Hailong arrived here on Wednesday for the upcoming nuclear talks between permanent UN security council members, Germany and Iran.
Wu Hailong told Xinhua that he is optimistic about the nuclear talks. "This talk will bring forth some achievements through negotiations." Wu said.Full story
Iran sees Istanbul meeting a good talk opportunity: official
MOSCOW, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Tehran sees the upcoming Istanbul nuclear talks between Iran and other five powers a good venue for dialogue, visiting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh said.
"I think this meeting is creating a very good opportunity for dialogue between the parties, for demonstrating mutual respect, and for discussing issues of mutual interest," Akhundzadeh told Interfax news agency in an interview. Full story