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Saudi: Iran must engage in nuclear talks to avoid escalation

(FILES) -- File picture dated April 3, 2007 shows an Iranian flag outside the building housing the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the southern Iranian port town of Bushehr, 1200 Kms south of Tehran. Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced on February 9, 2010 that Tehran has started to produce 20 percent enriched uranium at its Natanz facility, the ISNA news agency reported. He also said the much-delayed Russian-built nuclear power plant will be commissioned in spring 2010. The completion of the plant has been delayed repeatedly amid Western concerns that Iran's nuclear programme masks building of atomic weapons, a charge denied by Tehran. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP FILES / AFP) (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP FILES/AFP via Getty Images)
File picture dated April 3, 2007 shows an Iranian flag outside the building housing the reactor of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the southern Iranian port town of Bushehr, 1200 Kms south of Tehran [BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP FILES/AFP via Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia yesterday reiterated its call for Iran to engage in the ongoing negotiations over the 2015 nuclear agreement, avoid escalation, and not expose the region's security and stability to more tension, the Cabinet said in a statement, according to the state news agency, SPA.

Reuters reported SPA saying the Cabinet also called on the international community to "reach an agreement with stronger and long-lasting determinants with the implementation of monitoring and control measures to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and from developing the necessary capabilities for that."

Talks between Iran and world powers have been taking place this week in Vienna to save the 2015 accord which former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from in 2018. They will resume next week.

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