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EU Official Urges Iran to Continue Nuclear Talks

Iranian media say the European Union's foreign policy chief is urging Iran to hold more talks with the bloc to clarify a few remaining issues about its nuclear program.

The Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, says the EU's Javier Solana made the request in a letter to Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili.

ISNA says Solana's letter is in response to a letter last month in which Jalili complained that Western pressure on Iran has harmed talks about Iran's atomic activities.

Solana and Jalili last discussed Iran's nuclear program in August.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said his nation is convinced Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. He said Israel is not taking any option off the table, and recommended that other countries follow its lead.

His comments are widely seen as keeping open the possibility of a preemptive strike against Tehran.

The United States and its Western allies accuse Iran of working to produce a nuclear weapon. Iran says its atomic program is intended solely to generate electricity.

Iran's Fars news agency Friday says a senior Iranian official is calling on U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to lift U.S. sanctions on Iran. Prosecutor General Qorban Ali Dorri Najafabadi is quoted as saying ending sanctions would prove Mr. Obama's goodwill to the Iranian people.

Iran is under various sanctions imposed by Washington, as well as three sets of restrictions placed by the United Nations Security Council.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.