Almaty II Talks between Iran and P5+1 will be held on 5-6 April. The Iranian delegation has already left Tehran for Almaty. But the U.S. and its allies do not appear any closer to resolving the dispute with Tehran. The recent tensions with North Korea, however, give the Almaty talks a degree of urgency.
What is know from Almaty I and Istanbul talks in the past two months, is that the P5+1 has offered some relief from sanctions in return for the suspension of 20-percent uranium enrichment, closure of Fordo enrichment facility and acceptance of IAEA’s additional protocol. Iran finds the Western offers too little and instead has proposed suspension of all sanctions, especially the oil and banking sanctions, in return for accepting the U.S. and Western demands. The Almaty II Talks is to find a way for striking a deal between the two sides.
Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a news conference in Ankara today she was cautiously optimistic over the outcome of talks.
File photo: Iran and P5+1 delegations during talks on Iran’s nuclear program. Almaty, 26 February 2013. (Reuters/Stanislov Fillipov/Pool)