US still expects Iran talks

2012-04-06 07:00

Washington - The United States said on Thursday that it still expected Iran's talks with six powers on the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme to go ahead next week, despite a dispute over the venue.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said the talks would open in Istanbul on April 13, but Iran later said that Turkey was not an acceptable host after the Nato member cut oil imports from Tehran in response to US pressure.

State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said: "We're still expecting this to take place next week, but there's certainly some degree of urgency in finalising details.

"It was our expectation that this was going to be in Istanbul, but it's not for us to say one place over another.

"It is however important that we start to nail this down."

Toner said EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was working with Iran to determine the details of the talks.

Iraq has said that Iran approached it about holding the talks in Baghdad.

Iran last held talks with the six powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - in January 2011 with no results.

President Barack Obama's administration has been eager to resume diplomacy to avoid a military confrontation, amid speculation that Israel would decide to strike Iran if it determines that Tehran is going ahead with a nuclear bomb.

Clinton said on Wednesday that the United States wanted a "peaceful resolution" but that "the time for diplomacy is not infinite and all options remain on the table to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."

Iran says its sensitive uranium work is for peaceful purposes.

US intelligence assessments have not determined that the clerical regime is building a nuclear bomb.

  • Koos - 2012-04-06 07:47

    Iran is only playing for time. Awaiting Fidel and Patrick to come and tell us how safe and understanding ayalotta and his cronies is.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-06 08:15

      You are right Koos. These talks will lead to.. talks. You can't negotiate with people who value death over life and who are committed to destruction.

      Phillip van Niekerk - 2012-04-06 08:25

      Hi Koos, you are right. Our hair will stand up if we knew how much they have planned for this world with their new Toys.

      Fidel - 2012-04-06 13:56

      There are no crazy religious fundamentalists running Iran. Iran is run by elites who run it first and foremost for their own benefit. Religion is a justificatory fig-leaf for what they do (as it is everywhere) - a way of keeping the masses on side. "Mad mullahs" is just a propaganda term to keep simpletons from thinking too much. The Republicans are even worse or outright crazy (McCain,Palin, Rice Bolton e.g.-Perry and Bachmann are no less crazy, ignorant bloody fools).

  • Imraan - 2012-04-06 08:47

    Iran has never attacked any country, on the contrary Israel and the Americans have invaded other countries unilaterally bypassing the UN. This is illegal. This goes against the very purpose the UN was setup for. No mention is made of the 250-300 nuclear warheads Israel has? The comments reflected here are typical white apartheid era comments whom Israelis shared a common special relationship with.

      Mike - 2012-04-06 14:12

      Why because they disagree with you?

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-06 12:14

    What gets me is NATO has dropped around 3000 tonnes of depleted uraniumm bombs in the middle east since the first gulf war. These bombs are made up of URANIUM nuclear waste and prized for their very dense armor penetrating attributes. The massive ill effect on the environment, people living in those countries and even US soldiers deploying these bombs is all very very real. I'm not a fan of Iran's leaders they are dictators but on the same token we in the west need to start cleaning out our leaders but fast. they are all just as corrupt and a bunch of mad very greedy egotistical maniacs who are literally leading us including themselves into a dark age with a nuclear twist.

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