April 15, 2012

Iran on Sunday voiced hope that the next planned round of international talks about its nuclear program would lead to a lifting of sanctions upon it, the Fars news agency reported.

Iran held talks in Istanbul on Saturday with representatives from six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Labeling the talks positive and constructive, the two sides decided to resume the talks on May 23 in Baghdad in an effort to settle the dispute over Iran’s controversial nuclear programs.

“The Istanbul talks were a good and a positive step forward and it was decided that, in the next talks … the lifting of banking and oil sanctions against Iran would be raised,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the parliament’s foreign policy commission, said.

The United States and European Union have, since January, imposed sanctions against the Iranian Central Bank and the country’s oil exports, Tehran’s main source of revenue.

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