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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the next round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group will probably be held next month. Speaking at a joint press conference with his Central African counterpart Antoine Gambi on Sunday, Salehi noted that the meeting will probably be held in late November. He added, however, that the venue for the talks has not been decided yet. European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said on October 15, 2012 that negotiations between Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) could move forward “very soon.” Iran and the P5+1 comprising -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany -- have held several rounds of talks over the Iranian nuclear energy issue. The United States, Israel and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. TE/PKH/AZ
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