Six nations to meet in Kazakhstan on Iran's n-programme

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 03, 2013 11:10 hrs

Munich, Feb 3 (IANS) The sextet of international mediators -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany -- will hold talks with Iran on its disputed nuclear programme in Kazakhstan Feb 25, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Sunday.

"I have good news, I heard yesterday (Saturday) that P5+1 or EU3+3 will be meeting in Kazakhstan on February 25," Xinhua quoted Salehi as saying at the Munich Security Conference.

The Iranian minister said he took with "positive consideration" America's proposal to hold direct talks with Iran.

"We are ready for negotiations" as long as "the other side this time comes with ... fair and real intentions", Salehi said.

UN Security Council members have urged Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment programme, after Tehran recently announced plans to install new centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility.

This has caused concern because the new centrifuges might allow Iran to refine large amounts of uranium to higher levels of purity, which would be suitable for a nuclear bomb, rather than fuel for an atomic power plant or other peaceful uses.

The group of international mediators, known as P5+1, held three rounds of talks over the nuclear issue last year.

The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of using its nuclear energy programme to build nuclear weapons.

Iran rejects these allegations, arguing as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and member of the IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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