Iran Nuclear Talks Resume on April 14 (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/09/12)
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Nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 – the five permanent members
of the UN Security Council plus Germany – will resume in Turkey on
"We have agreed with Iran to launch a new round of talks in Istanbul
on 14 April," International Atomic Energy Agency spokesman Michael
Mann said on Monday.
Mann added, "We are very pleased that these talks, which will address
the international community´s concerns on the Iranian nuclear
program, are going ahead after more than one year since we last met."
The announcement comes after weeks of diplomatic wrangling between
Tehran and the P5+1.
Iran has found itself under a mounting array of crippling sanctions
from the West and the growing specter of an Israeli military strike
on its nuclear facilities.
Iran said last month that it was ready to re-engage with the IAEA.
As a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Iran is
obligated to allow IAEA inspectors access to its nuclear facilities,
which it has systemically refused to do.
Iran insists its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful
purposes. However, in early March, the head of the IAEA said there
were indications that Iran was engaged in the development of nuclear
"Iran is not telling us everything. That is my impression. We are
asking Iran to engage with us proactively, and Iran has a case to
answer," said IAEA director Yukiya Amano.
His remarks followed two recent IAEA reports that indicated Iran had
sought - and likely continues to seek - nuclear technologies of a
Over the weakened, Iran indicated it may be willing to reduce the
amount of uranium it is enriching to 20%.
"Based on our needs and once the required fuel is obtained, we will
decrease the production and we may even totally shift it to the
3.5%," state-run Press TV quoted Iranian nuclear chief Fereydoun
Abbasi as saying in a televised interview.
Abbasi told Press TV that Iran does not plan to produce 20% enriched
uranium for long.
Uranium enriched at 20% is typically used for hospital isotopes and
research reactors, but is also a short-cut toward the 90% enrichment
required to build nuclear weapons.
IAEA experts previously reported Iran´s production of 20% enriched
uranium is far greater than needed for peaceful purposes. They also
note Iran´s medical research sector is not sufficiently advanced to
justify such production.
Analysts say Abbasi´s comments may only be a starting point for
negotiations as it is less accommodating than statements previously
made by a key advisor to Iran´s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Mohammad Javad Larijani said last month that the West should accept
Iran´s "peaceful nuclear program," sell Iran 20 percent enriched
uranium, and provide the customary assistance nuclear nations provide
to those building nuclear power plants.
In return for cooperation from the West Iran would offer "full
transparency," Larijani said.
He did not say Iran would halt uranium enrichment – a key demand by
Jerusalem and Washington to avoid military strikes – but observers
say the stipulation that the West provide 20% enriched uranium
indicates Iran is open to doing so.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has dismissed the upcoming
talks saying Iran is only using them to buy more time in its bid for
nuclear weapons. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/09/12)
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