The Straits Times
Published on Jan 24, 2013

EU says Iran stalling on nuclear programme talks


BRUSSELS/DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iran is stalling on fixing a date and location for a new round of talks on its nuclear programme, the European Union's (EU) foreign policy chief said on Wednesday, but there is still hope that talks between Teheran and six world powers can begin soon.

EU officials have been in contact with Iranian negotiators repeatedly since December to try to prepare a new set of talks, which the West hopes will lead to Iran scaling back its nuclear work and avert the threat of another war in the Middle East.

But they have failed to agree on a plan so far.

"We proposed concrete dates and a venue in December," said a spokesman for Ms Catherine Ashton, who oversees contacts with Iran on behalf of United States (US), Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, often referred to as the six world powers.