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Originally published Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:17 AM

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Senior Iran lawmaker nixes Turkey for nuke talks

The head of an influential foreign policy committee in Iran's parliament says the country is not interested in having Turkey host talks with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

The Associated Press

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TEHRAN, Iran —

The head of an influential foreign policy committee in Iran's parliament says the country is not interested in having Turkey host talks with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

The comments by Alaeedin Boroujerdi do not represent the final word by Iran's ruling system, but strongly suggest a possible impasse ahead of talks set to start April 13.

Boroujerdi was quoted as saying Thursday that Turkey is no longer acceptable because of its policies - a reference to Turkish pressures on the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a key Iranian ally.

Boroujerdi supports Baghdad as a venue, one of several alternative sites floated by Iran in recent days.

Boroujerdi's comments appeared in the independent Etemad daily.

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