Ashton: Six world power to discuss Iran nuclear talks in September
- Published on Saturday, 30 August 2014 15:50
The six world powers will discuss ways to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal with the Iranian regime on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Saturday.
Catherine Ashton, is expected to continue to lead nuclear negotiations with the Iranian regime even as she leaves her EU job at the end of October.
Talks aimed at curbing the Iranian regime's nuclear program in exchange for ending sanctions began in February. But the talks failed to meet an initial self-imposed July 20 deadline to negotiate a deal.
The six, comprising Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States and known as the P5+1, have agreed to extend negotiations until Nov. 24.
"There are ongoing discussions on that (Iran nuclear issue)," Ashton told a news conference when asked if nuclear talks would take place in New York around mid-September.
"We will use the opportunity of the General Assembly in New York to also do that," Ashton, speaking at the end of a two-day informal gathering of EU foreign ministers in Milan that discussed the situation in Ukraine, Iraq and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, The United States on Friday sanctioned more Iranian and other foreign companies, banks, airlines and individuals for violating sanctions, working to expand the regime's nuclear program, and supporting terrorism.
Among those sanctioned by U.S. was the Iranian regime's “New defense researches organization” (SPND), was exposed by the Iranian Resistance for the first time in July 2011.
This entity is a secret military organization that has a key role in the mullahs’ nuclear weapon production project.
Iranian Resistance disclosed a report of the latest developments and clandestine activities of SPND in May 2014.