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Iran, World Powers to Attend 2nd Round of Negotiations Today.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and the six world powers decided to take part in a second round of talks in Almaty on Tuesday.

Sources privy to the talks said that the two sides have decided to participate in a second round in the afternoon. The first round of talks between Iran and the G5+1 started in Almaty's Rixos Hotel at 13:30 local time (0730 GMT) earlier today and lasted for almost three hours.

Earlier today, Spokesman of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who leads the delegations of the world powers in talks with Iran, confirmed that representatives of Tehran and the Group 5+1 of powers will continue their current talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.

Michael Mann made the remarks on the sidelines of the first round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) at a press conference in Almaty today.

Iran's lead negotiator Saeed Jalili arrived in Almaty at the head of a team of negotiators on Sunday to attend the new round of talks with the six world powers.

Prior to his departure to Almaty, Jalili called on the Group 5+1 not to repeat previous mistakes in the next round of talks with Iran, and start negotiations based on a new strategy.

"If the group has returned to the talks, they should enter this round of negotiations with a new strategy free from previous mistakes," Jalili said at the annual conference of the managers of Iran's nuclear industry here in Tehran on Saturday.

Iran and the Group 5+1 have already held three rounds of talks in Geneva, two rounds in Istanbul, one round in Baghdad and one round in Moscow. The last round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 was held in Moscow in June.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

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Date:Feb 26, 2013
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