URGENT ¥¥¥ Iran's Jalili says to meet next with EU's Ashton in April

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Wednesday he would next hold talks on the Iranian nuclear drive with six world powers represented by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5-6.

"It was agreed to convene an expert level meeting in Istanbul on March 18, which would be followed by the 5+1 meeting with Iran on April 5-6 in Almaty," Jalili told reporters, adding that the world powers were being "more realistic" in their approach to the standoff.