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UN nuclear talks with Iran fail to end deadlock

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UN nuclear talks with Iran fail to end deadlock

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Attempts by the UN’s nuclear agency to persuade Iran to resume cooperation over its suspected atomic bomb research have failed.

Talks in Vienna between the IAEA and Tehran ended with a vague mention of future meetings but analysts believe the Islamic Republic is more focused on presidential elections next month.

However, there appears to be more optimism at parallel talks in Istanbul where the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is spearheading a second diplomatic initiative.

A positive response is hoped for concerning a proposal limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment programme in return for a suspension of some UN sanctions.

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