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U.S. seeks "meaningful, practical" talks with Iran in Istanbul

01-21-2011 07:34 BJT

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Thursday that the United States seeks to launch "a meaningful and practical process" that addresses the core issues with Iran's nuclear program.

He said Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William J. Burns is leading the U.S. delegation as it joins Russia, France, China, UK and Germany, as well as Iran, in talks in Istanbul, Turkey.

"As the P5+1 has consistently made clear, we are committed to holding Iran accountable to its international obligations, and will continue to do so until Iran takes tangible steps to resolve international concerns with its nuclear program," Crowley said in a State Department statement.

World powers hope the new round of nuclear talks with Iran in Istanbul, slated for Friday and Saturday, can help foster dialogue on the controversial Iranian nuclear issues.

In early December, Iran and world powers resumed talks in Geneva after a 14-month hiatus. But little had been achieved other than agreeing to hold another round of talks in Istanbul this month.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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