Geneva talks to address Iran call for new N-offers

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Iran’s call for new offers from the six major world powers negotiating with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program would be discussed in Geneva next week.

“I think this would be discussed next week in Geneva, a meeting to which Iran agreed, and to which Iran and 3+3 are getting ready in a very constructive mood, as our contacts in New York showed,” Lavrov said in a joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Bali, Indonesia.

“The group of six put a proposal on the table at Almaty and I do not believe as of yet Iran has fully responded to that particular proposal. So, I think we are waiting for the fullness of the Iranian difference in their approach now,” Kerry said.

He added, “So what we need are a set of proposals from Iran that will fully disclose how they will show the world that their program is peaceful.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on October 5 that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom – plus Germany should put forward new proposals for the Geneva talks.

“We expressed our views during the New York meeting and we will continue to do so in Geneva,” Zarif said, adding that the previous proposals offered by the six major world powers were now “history.”

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on September 26 that six major powers and Iran have agreed to meet in Geneva on October 15 and 16 for further talks on resolving the standoff with Tehran on its nuclear energy program.

She made the remarks following the meeting between the Iranian foreign minister and counterparts from the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.

By Press TV


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