Diplomat praises Iran nuclear talks

Top EU diplomat says Iran nuclear talks have been important, more meetings scheduled

Associated Press
Diplomat praises Iran nuclear talks

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, left, walks next to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a photo opportunity prior to the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at the United Nations offices in Geneva. Iran's overtures to the West are being tested as the United States and its partners sit down for the first talks on Tehran's nuclear program since the election of a reformist Iranian president. Negotiations between Iran and the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany began Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Fabrice Coffrini, Pool)

GENEVA (AP) -- Talks between Iran and six world powers have ended an upbeat note, with the European Union's top diplomat calling them "very important," in efforts to end international tensions over Tehran's nuclear program.

Catherine Ashton did not go into details on the substance of the talks. She read a statement endorsed by both Iran and the six countries at the negotiations, calling the talks "substantive and forward looking."

Confirming Iranian media reports, the statement says the two sides will meet again in Geneva on Nov. 7-8.

Iran denies wanting nuclear weapons but now says it is ready to negotiate over such concerns and has indicated willingness to curb some atomic programs.

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