EU says initial nuclear talks with Iran 'constructive'

EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili pose for media before their meeting in İstanbul on Saturday. (Photo: AA)

April 14, 2012, Saturday/ 14:28:00

World powers and Iran held talks on Tehran's nuclear programme in Istanbul on Saturday in a "constructive atmosphere", a European Union spokesman said after the first session.    

The six world powers - the United States, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain - met senior Iranian officials for the first time in 15 months for talks aimed at calming deepening tensions over Tehran's nuclear work.     

"They met in a constructive atmosphere," said Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the powers in dealings with Iran. "We had a positive feeling that they did want to engage."     

A second session of talks was scheduled later in the day. Diplomats expect Tehran to lay out "new initiatives" to push forward negotiations.            

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