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15 February 2012 - 22:09

Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council says Iran is ready to restart negotiations over its peaceful nuclear program with the P5+1 -- the US, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany.

Sending a letter to the European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, on Wednesday, Saeed Jalili welcomed the group’s recent announcement that it is ready to return to the negotiating table.

The Iranian official said the success of negotiations is tied to the P5+1’s constructive approach to Iran’s initiatives.

Jalili also praised Ashton’s recent remarks about the group respecting Iran’s right to use peaceful nuclear energy.

On October 21, 2011, Ashton voiced the willingness of the P5+1 to resume talks with Tehran to achieve a “comprehensive and negotiated” solution to the country's nuclear case.

In a letter addressed to Jalili, Ashton said if Iran was ready to discuss concrete confidence-building measures without preconditions, the P5+1 “would be willing to agree on a next meeting within the coming weeks at a mutually convenient venue."

Ashton's letter came in response to an earlier communication by Jalili in September, in which he informed Ashton of Iran's readiness to resume multifaceted negotiations with the P5+1.

"I welcome your suggestion to resume talks, in order to take fundamental steps for sustainable cooperation," Ashton said in her letter.

Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul in January 2011.

While Tehran says it is ready to continue the talks based on common grounds, it has stressed that it will not give up any of its rights.

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