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Solana, Larijani to Hold Nuclear Talks Thursday


European Union's foreign policy chief is to meet with Iran's top nuclear negotiator on Thursday to discuss possible ways to resolve Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West.

An EU spokesperson told reporters in Brussels Wednesday that Javier Solana will meet Iran's Ali Larijani somewhere in Europe, but the place has yet to be decided.

It will be the second meeting between the two officials in a week.

Diplomats say at the previous talks in Vienna on Saturday and Sunday Larijani offered to consider a temporary suspension of enrichment activities during negotiations. But Iran publicly denied making the proposal.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said Iran must suspend uranium enrichment in a verifiable fashion before negotiations can begin on its nuclear program.

Iran ignored an August 31 U.N. deadline to stop enriching uranium.

The United States and other Western nations have accused Iran of enriching uranium for a secret nuclear weapons program. Tehran insists its nuclear activities are for peaceful, civilian purposes.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.