A nuclear nonproliferation meeting of nearly 200 states has begun on a low-key note, with Western nations keeping criticism of Iran to a minimum.
The lack of pressure on Tehran over concerns it could decide to make nuclear arms comes amid revived hopes that talks between Iran and six world powers next month could reduce such fears.
U.S. representative Susan Burke avoided any direct mention of Iran Monday at the 189-nation conference. Instead she focused on the meeting's general goals _ preparing the ground for the next nonproliferation summit in 2015.
EU representative Maria Marinaki urged Iran "to restore international confidence" that it did not aspire to develop nuclear weapons.