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Iran nuclear negotiator cancels dinner with EU's Ashton over meeting with opposition in Tehran

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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran. A senior Iranian official said Monday, March 17, 2014, that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's nuclear facilities, the nuclear reactor at Arak in the center of the country, involved foreign intelligence agencies who tampered with imported pumps. Tehran has accused the Israel, the U.S. and their allies of undermining Iran's nuclear program through covert operations. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan, File) (The Associated Press)

Iranian media are reporting that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has cancelled a dinner meeting planned with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton over meetings she had with opposition activists during her visit to Iran earlier this month.

Semiofficial Fars news agency said that the cancellation of Monday's scheduled dinner in Vienna was intended to protest Ashton's "uncoordinated meetings in Tehran," a reference to her meeting with female opposition activists convicted of rioting after the disputed 2009 election, including Nasrin Sotoudeh.

Fars did not provide further details.