World powers, Iran to meet in New York on September 18

The West suspects Iran wants to acquire nuclear weapons but Tehran insists its facilities -- such as its heavy-water plant in Arak -- are purely for peaceful purposesSix world powers and Iran will hold new talks in New York on September 18, EU and US officials said Thursday, as efforts intensify toward clinching a nuclear deal by a November deadline. The talks will involve United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany and be led by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, her spokesman Michael Mann said. US officials confirmed the talks would be held at the level of political directors, with the American side led by seasoned negotiator Under Secretary Wendy Sherman. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said she expected the talks will “probably go until the end of the ministerial, the high-level, week” of the United Nations General Assembly.

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