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Iran nukes talks to renew in November

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October 16, 2013 | 9:49 am

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations in Geneva on Oct. 16. Photo by Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations in Geneva on Oct. 16. Photo by Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Talks between Iran and major powers on Iran’s nuclear aims were “good” and will renew next month, the Iranian foreign minister said.

“The talks will continue in a few weeks in Geneva and during this period the members of the P5+1 will have a chance to acquire the necessary readiness regarding the details of Iran’s plans and the steps that they must take,” Javad Zarif said in a post Wednesday on his Facebook page, according to a New York Times translation.

The P5+1 refers to the five permanent veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council – Russia, the United States, Britain, France and China – and Germany.

Top officials from these nations met from Tuesday to Thursday in Geneva with Zarif, where he presented what he had described in previous Facebook posts as a PowerPoint presentation on what Iran was prepared to do to end the impasse over his country’s nuclear ambitions. He did not reveal the details of the proposal, although in his Facebook posting he said there were “good discussions.”

The major powers suspect Iran of running a nuclear weapons development program; Iran insists its program is peaceful. Under its newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, Iran has offered increased transparency in exchange for an easing of crippling sanctions.

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