Outcome of Iran talks with P5+1 still unclear

The outcome of Iran’s talks with the group of six world powers is still unclear as the two sides ended the morning round of their second day of talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Press TV reports.

The negotiations included a range of issues, including Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Some of the Europeans reportedly say they are waiting for Iran to respond, while Iran says it has offered its own proposals.

Before the negotiations on Saturday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili and the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who represents the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany) held a separate meeting.

The top Iranian negotiator and Ashton exchanged views on proposals put forward by Iran for a breakthrough in the new round of talks. SNSC Deputy Secretary Ali Baqeri held a separate meeting with the French delegation.

On Friday night, after the main meeting with the P5+1, the Iranian delegation held separate bilateral meetings with Russia and China.

Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of talks in Almaty on Friday and discussed a range of issues with the main focus being on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Speaking at a Friday press conference after the first round of talks, SNSC Deputy Baqeri said Tehran has offered the group “clear proposals to launch a new round of cooperation” between the two sides.

Michael Mann, the spokesman for Ashton, told Press TV earlier on Thursday that, “Nobody is denying the right for Iran or any other country to have nuclear technology for medical purposes or for energy purposes.”

Tehran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks. The previous round of talks took place in Almaty on February 26-27.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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