Saturday, April 19, 2014

Technical Nuclear Talks in New York – May 5-9 (UPDATE)

Differences on Arak IR-40 'Virtually Resolved' - Iran
Plutonium Output to Be Reduced by 80%
Iran and world powers will resume technical nuclear talks in New York from 5 to 9 May. The New York meeting will attempt to bridge the gap between Iran and P5+1 on technical issues related to the future of Iran’s nuclear program. (IRNA, 19 April)

On 13 May, senior negotiators from both sides will meet in Vienna in a new round of talks to define the details of a final comprehensive agreement, paving the way to draft the text. JPOA, the interim agreement in place now, will expire on 20 July.

Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Saturday that differences over Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor have been “virtually resolved.”

“Iran has made a proposal to the P5+1 to make certain changes in Arak and they have accepted. This question is virtually resolved,” Salehi said. (Al Alam/AFP, 19 April)

UPDATE: Fars News Agency, quoting Salehi, said Iran’s proposal on IR-40 reactor includes changes in design that would reduce its by-product plutonium production by 80 percent.  


Piruz Mollazadeh said...

What about the centrifuges? I heard that Iran refused to destroy as much as a single centrifuge, and that all must remain operational? What about the quality of the centrifuges?

Any details so far?

Anonymous said...

“virtually resolved.”

somehow, I doubt that.

Nader Uskowi said...

Salehi said today that Iran has also sent P5+1 new concrete proposals on centrifuges, but gave no details. The technical meeting in New York seems to be shaping to become as an important gathering; examining Iranian proposals on IR-40 and centrifuges.