Iran Praises Russian Plan for Restarting Nuclear Talks

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has praised a Russian plan for restarting talks between Tehran and six world powers on Iran's nuclear program.

His comments came Wednesday after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said he hopes the proposal will help bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

Last month, Lavrov presented a plan calling for Iran to address the U.N. nuclear agency's concerns about the Iranian nuclear program, and be rewarded with a gradual easing of sanctions.

Iran's nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, told state media Tuesday the plan could be a “basis” for restarting talks on nuclear activities.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has said Tehran did not cooperate with its investigation of Western allegations that Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Talks earlier this year between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany, did not make progress.