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Iran Says Nuclear Talks To Resume This Week

Helga Maria Schmid (second from left), deputy secretary general of the European External Action Service (EEAS), with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (center) during talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif (second from right) and Seyyed Abbas Araghchi (right) in Geneva on November 20 over Iran's nuclear program.
Tehran say Iran and European Union officials will meet later this week in Geneva to discuss the implementation of a key nuclear accord.

The state news agency IRNA said that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi will meet with German diplomat Helga Schmid, the deputy to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, at the January 9-10 talks.

Ashton's office represents the so-called P5+1 group of world powers.

Iran and the P5+1 group -- consisting of permanent UN Security Council members the United States, France, Britain, Russia, and China, plus Germany -- agreed a deal on November 24 to curb Iran's nuclear-enrichment program in return for an easing of economic sanctions.

The sides are said to be considering January 20 as a start date to begin implementation.

The West suspects Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Iran denies the claim.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa