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'P5+1 seeking to complicate talks'
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 00:12:12 GMT
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Iranian MP Javad Jahangirzadeh
Iranian lawmaker Javad Jahangirzadeh says the major powers are seeking to complicate negotiations with Iran and do not want to reach an understanding.

“The West seeks to use the current situation to secure its own interests by postponing the negotiations and [making] various remarks. That is why they are looking for formal and informal signals from the country,” the member of the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee said on Saturday.

“But Tehran should pay attention to the fact that we can not enter negotiations based on different proposals presented by the West. The West should approach [the talks] with a specific proposal and behavior,” the Mehr News Agency quoted Jahangirzadeh as saying.

“The Western countries act in such a way so as to be able to blame any problem on Iran's proposals, and the Islamic Republic's approach toward [the other side's] proposals… and this means they do not seek to promote understanding,” the Iranian MP stated.
On October 14, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton proposed holding three days of talks in Vienna in mid-November.

Dialogue between Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the US), which Ashton represents, has been stalled since October 1, 2009, when the two sides met in Geneva.

In a letter to Ashton in October, Iran's Supreme National Security Council welcomed the West's decision to return to negotiating table but emphasized that the time and venue of the proposed talks must be convenient for all sides.

However, Iran has announced that it will negotiate the issue of a nuclear fuel swap with the Vienna group -- France, Russia, the US, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) -- within the framework of the Tehran declaration, and its multifaceted talks with the P5+1 will not include the nuclear issue.

Ignoring Iran's stance on the negotiations with the P5+1 group, the French Foreign Ministry announced that the P5+1 group plans to update the technical details of its initial proposal for a nuclear fuel swap with Iran.

During negotiations in Geneva, the Vienna Group -- France, Russia, the US, and the International Atomic Energy Agency -- offered to exchange reactor fuel from Russia and France for most of Iran's low-enriched uranium.

After the West refused to provide Tehran objective guarantees in the fuel swap proposal, Iran, Turkey, and Brazil drafted a nuclear declaration in spring 2010.

The foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, and Brazil signed a declaration in Tehran on May 17, according to which Iran would ship 1200 kilograms of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey to be exchanged for 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel rods to power the Tehran research reactor, which produces radioisotopes for cancer treatment.

The nuclear declaration gives Iran a guarantee since the low-enriched uranium is to be stored in Turkey and would be returned if Iran does not receive the 20 percent enriched nuclear fuel within one year.

However, the US and its allies snubbed the declaration and used their influence on the UN Security Council to push through a resolution imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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