Atmosphere in Moscow ´Not Positive´, Says Iranian Delegation (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/19/12)
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Iran and world powers locked horns on Monday in hours of tense talks
in Moscow seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Tehran´s
nuclear program, but there was no breakthrough.
AFP reported that during the talks, billed as a last chance to find
hope of a negotiated solution to the decade-long standoff, the West
was looking for signs that Iran could show willingness to scale down
the intensity of its uranium enrichment activities.
A member of the Iranian delegation gave a downbeat assessment well
into the second session in the afternoon, telling AFP, “So far the
atmosphere is not positive. Setting up the framework (for
negotiation) is the main problem.”
The Iranian diplomat added that based on the morning´s talks “it is
possible” that the second day would not even be required, without
Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili had gone into the talks
in uncompromising mood, telling Iranian state television, “These
negotiations are a big test to see if the West is in favor of Iran´s
progress or against.”
A spokesman for the EU delegation to the talks told reporters that
world powers were sticking by a previous demand for Iran to halt
enriching uranium to 20 percent -- a level approaching that needed to
make an atomic bomb.
The world powers are the P5+1 – Britain, China, France, Russia and
the United States, plus Germany. Jalili also held a bilateral meeting
with the EU´s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and was due to
hold another with Russian envoys later, AFP reported.
The talks follow a bruising session in Baghdad in May that failed to
make any noticeable progress beyond agreeing a date for more talks,
an outcome that may not be acceptable to the West if repeated in
In a hint of compromise, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said
on Monday that Iran is ready to suspend its controversial enrichment
of uranium to 20 percent if Europe guarantees delivery of nuclear
fuel for its reactors.
Ahmadinejad previously accused major world powers of looking for ways
to “find excuses and to waste time” in talks.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said in an interview on CNN on Monday
that “time is running out” for Iran. “You cannot provoke the world,
assuming the world is made of fools only," Peres told the network.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/19/12)
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