Nuclear Talks With Iran to Resume Next Month (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/25/12)
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Iran and six world powers wrapped up talks in Baghdad on Thursday
with resolve to keep dialogue going as an alternative to possible
military action, The Associated Press reported.
Envoys said they will meet again next month in Moscow after
negotiations stretched out for extra hours, the two sides agreed on
little, and Iran declared an impasse.
“It is clear that we both want to make progress, and that there is
some common ground,” European Union foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton told reporters. “However, significant differences remain.
Nonetheless, we do agree on the need for further discussion to expand
that common ground.”
Saeed Jalili, Iran´s top nuclear negotiator, offered a lukewarm
assessment of what the negotiations achieved, in light of European
and American refusal to lift tough sanctions as Tehran had hoped.
“The result of the talks was that we were able to get more familiar
with the views of each other,” Jalili was quoted by AP as having said.
The Baghdad discussions began with hopes for progress before each
side accused the other of failing to offer meaningful, realistic
proposals, AP noted. The discussions also showed that U.S. diplomats
and others are pressing neither for quick deals nor for ultimatums
that could derail the sensitive talks.
The overall message was somehow to keep talking, the report said,
adding that the Moscow negotiations are set for June 18-19.
The world powers opened the Baghdad talks with a U.S.-backed proposal
calling on Tehran to halt the production of 20 percent enriched
uranium in exchange for benefits such as medical isotopes, some
nuclear safety cooperation and spare parts for civilian airliners
that are needed in Iran.
Iran, however, emphasized that it has every right to pursue uranium
enrichment for peaceful uses. Jalili said Iran would consider
suspending the 20 percent level but only if the world powers
recognize its right to enrich uranium.
On Wednesday, Western diplomats said that the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded that Iran installed 350 new
centrifuges at the Fordow underground facility since February.
The IAEA is expected to reveal this information in a new report to be
released on Friday. The installation of more centrifuges has
increased the Islamic Republic’s potential to enrich uranium, the
The Islamic Republic admitted last year it was moving more centrifuge
machines for enriching uranium to the underground facility, which is
carved into a mountain to protect it against possible attacks.
The existence of the facility near Qom only came to light after it
was identified by Western intelligence agencies in September 2009.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran begun enriching
uranium at the plant.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Iran will sign an agreement to
cooperate with the IAEA nuclear watchdog agency.
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, returned to Vienna after a one-day visit to Tehran and
announced that “a decision was made to conclude and sign the
agreement. I can say it will be signed quite soon."
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed skepticism over the
agreement, saying the Iranians are trying to create a more pleasant
and relaxed atmosphere during negotiations but that their goal
remains the same - to obtain nuclear weapons.
“While sanctions on Iran have an impact, it is not enough of an
impact to bring a real change in the situation,” Lieberman said. “We
should also pay attention to the negative Iranian involvement in
every possible place in the Middle East.”
Earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak also expressed doubt over the
value of an agreement between the IAEA and Iran.
“It appears that the Iranians are trying to reach a ‘technical
agreement’ which will create the impression of progress in the talks,
in order to remove some of the pressure before the [P5+1] talks
tomorrow in Baghdad; as well as to put off the intensification of
sanctions,” Barak said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/25/12)
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