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World powers have 'good offer' for Iran nuclear talks

Published on Feb 26, 2013 6:07 AM
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (R) welcomes Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in the Kazakh city of Almaty, on February 25, 2013. World powers meet negotiators from Iran in the Kazakh city of Almaty tomorrow in the hope of curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions by advancing a "significant" new offer, despite low expectations of a breakthrough after years of dashed hopes. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - World powers will present Iran with an updated and "good" offer at talks this week on its nuclear programme, an EU official said on Monday, although hopes for a breakthrough appear slim.

Talks aimed at curbing Teheran's nuclear drive start on Tuesday in Kazakhstan, with the so-called 5+1 world powers represented by the European Union sitting down with an Iranian team led by negotiator Saeed Jalili.

"We have prepared a good and updated offer for the talks, which we believe is balanced and a fair basis for constructive talks," said the spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

"The offer addresses international concerns... on the nature of the Iranian nuclear programme, but is also responsive to Iranian ideas. We hope that Iran will seize this opportunity and come to the talks with flexibility and commitment to make concrete progress towards a confidence-building step."

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