IRAN NUCLEAR: Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani says the European Union and Iran are closer to "a united view" on how to break the deadlock over Iran's nuclear program. Larijani made the remark before today's (Thursday's) meeting with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Ankara, Turkey. The Iranian envoy said he believes the two sides are aiming to reach "a common paradigm" to try resolve the nuclear dispute through negotiations.
RUSSIA-PUTIN: Russian President Vladimir Putin is delivering his eighth annual state-of-the-nation address at the Kremlin. The Russian president is outlining his domestic and foreign policy agendas for the year ahead to both houses of parliament and other government officials. The speech was postponed by a day due to Wednesday's funeral for former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, who hand-picked Mr. Putin as his successor.
BURMA-NOKOR: Burma's deputy foreign minister says his country has re-established diplomatic relations with North Korea. Kyaw Thu made the announcement today (Thursday) after talks with his North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Il in Rangoon. Kim and three other North Korean officials arrived in Burma Wednesday. Few details have emerged about the trip. The two reclusive governments severed diplomatic relations in 1983 following a bomb attack on South Korean government officials who were visiting Rangoon.
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