EU chief hoping for flexibility in Iranian talks
The EU's foreign policy chief says she hopes Iran will show flexibility at upcoming talks on its nuclear programme so that progress can be made to address international concerns about its nuclear ambitions.
Catherine Ashton, who has been steering negotiations on behalf of the six key nations trying to rein in Iran's nuclear program, says "there is no doubt" that the pressure of sanctions is bringing Iran back to the negotiating table in Kazakhstan on February 26.
Iran says it is enriching uranium only to power reactors and for scientific and medical purposes, but many countries fear its real goal is to produce nuclear weapons.
Ms Ashton raised Iran at a UN Security Council meeting yesterday in which she also discussed other global hotspots, including Mali and Syria.