Russia, West have strategic difference in Iran N-talk: France

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

France’s foreign minister says that differences have appeared in approach between Russia and Western countries in dealing with Iran over the past few days of the present nuclear negotiations.

“Whereas until now the P5+1 (the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) had a very homogeneous attitude, in the past days representatives in the negotiations have put forward a certain number of different approaches between part of the 5+1 and our Russian partners,” Laurent Fabius said in an address to parliament’s foreign affairs committee on Tuesday.

He added that “none of the main issues” had so far been resolved in the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 in Vienna.

The US has asked foreign ministers from the six countries to join the nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Fabius further said.

Iran and the six countries formally kicked off the sixth round of nuclear talks on July 3 to discuss a permanent accord on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides have been discussing ways to thrash out their differences and achieve a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

According to Western diplomats, Iran’s uranium enrichment issue remains a bone of contention between Tehran and the six countries.

While the P5+1 calls on Iran to greatly reduce the size of its enrichment activities, Iranian officials announced that the country needs a capacity of 190,000 SWUs to provide fuel for the next eight years.

The capacity of each centrifuge in enrichment is measured by Separative Work Unit (SWU).

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that Iran currently needs 190,000 SWUs to provide the fuel needed annually for the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in the next eight years.

If the capacity of the machines is 10 SWUs each, for example, that means Iran would need 19,000 centrifuges, he said.

Iran currently possesses centrifuges with a capacity of 24 SWUs, meaning the country needs more than 7,000 centrifuges in order to be able to provide fuel for the Bushehr power plant for one year, he added.

By Press TV

 

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