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Iran offers in Almaty based on its Moscow proposal: SNSC Deputy

Almaty, April 5, IRNA – Iran offers for the start of new rounds of cooperation with the G5+1 (5 members of UN Security Council plus Germany) are based on its Moscow proposal, Deputy Secretary of the Iranˈs Supreme National Security Council Ali Bagheri said on Friday.

He made the remarks in a press conference in Almaty.

“Iran offers to the G5+1 representative in the talks were based on Tehran’s proposal in Moscow negotiations; Islamic Republic stressed that the beginning, aspects and result of the negotiations should be clarified.”

Bagheri noted that the second round of fresh talks with the G5+1 will continue on Friday evening and if necessary, there would be more talks on Saturday.

The first round of fresh talks between Iran and the G5+1 ended in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday.

The Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, heading a delegation, arrived in Almaty on Wednesday night to attend the meeting.

The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton is the G5+1 representative in talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The last round of the talks between Tehran and the six world powers was held in Almaty on February 26-27.

Jalili said that G5+1 had given an optimistic response to Iran’s proposals in the previous round of talks in Almaty.

Iran regards the move as a positive step towards concluding the case but believes that there is still a long way to reach the desired conclusion, he said.

Also, experts from Iran and the G5+1 reviewed the two sides’ proposals in a meeting in Istanbul from March 17 to 18. The two sides’ experts outlined topics of the upcoming talks between the chief negotiators of Iran and the G5+1 due to start tomorrow.

The latest report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency chief on Iran acknowledges that Tehran is conducting its uranium enrichment activities successfully and under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog’s inspectors.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of the UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of the IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.


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