Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Iran Nuclear Talks Underway in Istanbul and Vienna

In two separate meetings underway in Istanbul and Vienna today, Iran’s nuclear program is being reviewed. In Istanbul, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili is holding talks with EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. In Vienna, the IAEA is holding a 10th round of talks since the beginning of last year with Iranian officials.

The IAEA meeting is mainly focused on the agency’s concern about possible nuclear weapon research at Parchin military base near Tehran. In Istanbul, the two sides are following up on their recent talks in Almaty on Iran’s enrichment activities, especially the production of 20-percent enriched uranium at Fordo.

We presented some specific proposals in Almaty II (early April) based on defending our nuclear rights and even they accepted to study them and provide a response within a few days,” Jalili told reporters before his meeting today with Ashton. “A long time has passed, but we are still waiting for the P5+1 response to Iran's proposals.” (Fars News Agency, 15 May)

Jalili, a leading contender in June presidential election in Iran, said the election will not have any effects on nuclear negotiations. “The nuclear issue is a national, cross-political faction issue,” he said.


Anonymous said...

The United Nations' nuclear agency failed to persuade Iran on Wednesday to let it resume an investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, leaving the high-stakes diplomacy in deadlock.

"We had intensive discussions today but did not finalise the structured approach document that has been under negotiation for a year and a half now," IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts said after the eight-hour meeting, referring to a long-sought framework deal for the investigation.

Iran's govt remains stuck in the corner it's fashioned for itself, unable to allow an agreement for full inspections and stuck hoping that engaging in sham talks will prevent world opposition to Iran's nuclear weapons development program from taking a more serious and violent form beyond the sanctions that are strangling Iran's economy.

Anonymous said...

I do not think that the other side has sincere intensions to lift all major major sanctions before the end of the next year and maybe thereafter.

James Clapper from the certain US agency, has testified that one of the main goals of sanctions is to incite unrests....among Iran's population, to my best knowledge.

Next year will face a Congressional election in the US and the governing party historically use to loose some seats in the chambers, during that election.
Therefore Obama will be scared to make any substantial concessions, in the matter of the sanction's lifting, because opponents would accuse him, that he endangers national security by those concessions.

I wish that the Iranian side would invent special temporary offer, that would put the opponent in a corner, and force him to choose between its hipocrysy or that Iranian temporary offer, that will expire if major sanctions will not be lifted after specified time.


Anonymous said...

The US/EU and their Zionist masters have no intention of holding serious "talks". This is just a sideshow for bigger things to come in the region. Iran should quit pussyfooting around and just test a nuke and let the chips fall where they may.

Iran talks end in failure again

NUCLEAR talks between Iran and the UN atomic agency have failed again, as the top US diplomat in separate six-party negotiations warned Washington's patience was wearing thin.

International discussions on Iran's nuclear ambitions were held in Istanbul and Vienna on Wednesday but the Western reactions afterwards ranged from tepid to disappointed.

While the EU's foreign policy chief met Iran's top nuclear negotiator in Istanbul for the first time since a fruitless effort in early April, the UN atomic body's chief inspector admitted the parallel Vienna talks had ended without a deal.

"We could not finalise the structured approach document that has been under negotiation for a year and a half," the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) chief inspector Herman Nackaerts told reporters.

"Our best efforts have not been successful so far."

Anonymous said...

You sound like Fox News.
Good for Iran for not letting western spies-in-disguise in.

Anonymous said...

So long as the west demands capitulation it will be disappointed

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't know what FOX News sounds like, but the quotation was from the Lebanese Daily Star.

you might think that it's good for Iran to hide its nuclear weapons development sites and lie to the world about the program, but I assure you that it might turn out to be quite bad for Iran to continue down that path.