Iran news headlines on Friday include start of Iran-P5+1 second round of talks in Almaty; world powers ask for concrete response from Iran on nuclear offer; Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman calling Iran-P5+1 talks as encouraging; UN chief expressing hope for meaningful progress in Iran-P5+1 talks and rebounding of Iran’s crude export in April.
Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers have ended the first day of the comprehensive talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty with the main focus being on Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The Iranian delegation is headed by Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili while the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, represents the P5+1 group — Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany.
World powers and Iran still appeared far apart on Friday in negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear programme that were aimed at calming tensions which could boil over into war.
As talks got under way in Kazakhstan, the six nations – the United States,Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – sought a concrete response from Iran to their February offer to ease sanctions if it stops its most sensitive nuclear work.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has put a positive light on current negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, saying the two sides are sharing information on a professional level.
As Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers plan to hold a new round of talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hoped for “very meaningful progress” from the negotiations.
Iran’s April crude exports will rebound to above 1 million barrels per day (bpd), industry sources said on Friday, after falling in March to the lowest level seen since the West imposed sanctions to reduce the oil flow in 2012.
U.S. and European Union sanctions aimed at choking the flow of oil money into Iran and forcing Tehran to negotiate curbing its disputed nuclear programme have cut around a million barrels per day from Iran’s crude exports.
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