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Iran-EU Nuclear Talks to Resume Next Week in Geneva

Nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union will resume on July 19 in Geneva, official news agency IRNA reported Friday, July 11.

Iran's army presenting its medium-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile, while marching in front of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during an Army Day in Tehran.

Iran's recent rocket tests and bellicose statements have caused widespread concern

A spokesman of Iran's National Security Council said that the talks would be led by chief nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The last meeting between the two was last November in London which however ended without any breakthrough.

Solana last month presented Tehran the upgraded incentive package by the five United Nations Security Council member states plus Germany (5+1) as the latest effort by the world powers to persuade Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment programs.

Although the contents of Tehran's reply has so far kept confidential but it seems that Iran has not accepted the main demand of enrichment suspension but made new proposals to settle the dilemma.

The nuclear dispute has once escalated following threats by Israel to attack Iranian nuclear sites, war games by the United States in the Persian Gulf and numerous missiles' tests by Iran, including a new version of the long-range Shahab-3 missile which could reach any part of Israeli territory.