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Iran's Talks With Powers To Start In Early October

EU foreign-policy chief Javier Solana (left) and Iranian nuclear negotiator Said Jalili have agreed to meet on October 1.
TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran and world powers involved in efforts to resolve a row over Tehran's nuclear program will start talks in early October, state-run Press TV has reported.

Iran's ISNA news agency said European Union foreign-policy chief Javier Solana and Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Said Jalili had agreed to meet on October 1, but that the venue had not yet been decided.

Iran last week handed over a package of proposals to six world powers, including the United States, in which Tehran said it was willing to discuss global nuclear disarmament as well as other international issues in wide-ranging talks.

The Islamic republic has repeatedly said its nuclear program is for civil energy uses, not weapons as the West alleges. The United States has made clear it will raise the issue of Iran's nuclear work in the talks, despite Tehran's stated refusal to discuss the matter.