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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Iran nuclear talks to extend to second, extra day

Talks in Baghdad concerning Iran's controversial nuclear programme will go into an unscheduled second day after diplomats failed to reach agreement.

Six world powers made Iran an offer if it stopped processing medium-enriched uranium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons, EU officials said.

But Iran says uranium enrichment is its non-negotiable right.

A BBC correspondent at the talks says no-one is expecting any immediate breakthrough.

Negotiators for the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany presented Iran with a package combining new and old proposals, an unnamed Western diplomat quoted by the Associated Press news agency said.

It included an offer of medical isotopes and co-operation on nuclear safety.

In exchange, Tehran would stop its 20% uranium enrichment programme as a first step, the diplomat said. Read More