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The EU and talks on Iran's nuclear programme

While the European Union’s objective remains to develop a durable and positive relationship with Iran in order to develop the potential for a constructive partnership, from which both sides could draw benefits, since 2005 the serious international concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme have dominated EU-Iran relations.

Deep and increasing concerns about unresolved issues and Iran’s continued refusal to comply with its international obligations and co-operate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) led to resolutions by the UN Security Council in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, imposing sanctions against Iran, which are binding on all UN member states. The EU fully implements these United Nations sanctions and has also adopted a number of autonomous measures (see annex for overview of sanctions). These sanctions are not an end in themselves and are targeted at those responsible for the nuclear programme and at its financing. They form part of a twin-track approach aimed at getting Iran back to the negotiating table.

The objective of the EU remains to achieve a comprehensive, negotiated, long-term settlement which would build international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear programme, while respecting Iran’s legitimate right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy under the Non Proliferation Treaty. High Representative Catherine Ashton, in her role as designated negotiator on behalf of the E3+3,  resumed talks with Iran in   January 2012 in Istanbul and three further rounds, in Baghdad, Moscow and Almaty in February 2013 have been held since. The next negotiations will resume in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Source: The European Union and Iran