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EU praises Iran nuke talks; more talks in 3 weeks

High-stakes nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers adjourned on an upbeat note yesterday, with the parties agreeing to meet again in Geneva in three weeks. The European Union’s top diplomat called the talks “very important,” and Iran’s foreign minister spoke of a possible “new phase” after a decade of deadlock over fears the Iranians wanted a nuclear bomb.

Few details emerged from the two days of talks, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said Iran’s proposals contained a “level of seriousness and substance that we have not seen before.” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton read a statement endorsed by both Iran and the six powers, calling the talks “substantive.”

She said the two sides will meet again in Geneva on Nov. 7, and a panel of experts will convene beforehand to discuss technical issues – all suggesting an element of progress on an issue that has threatened a new war in the Middle East.

“We have reached a serious stage in the talks,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

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