Iran to enter P5+1 talks with clear proposals: Iran diplomat

Ali Baqeri, deputy to Iran's chief negotiator

Ali Baqeri, deputy to Iran’s chief negotiator

Press TV -(Thu Apr 4, 2013) Ali Baqeri, deputy to Iran’s chief negotiator, says the Islamic Republic will enter the new round of talks with the P5+1 group of world powers with clear, groundbreaking proposals.

Undersecretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Baqeri made the remarks in Kazakhstan’s former capital city of Almaty, where Tehran and the P5+1 — the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany — are set to start their new round of comprehensive negotiations on April 5.
Earlier in the day, the SNSC Secretary Saeed Jalili urged the world powers to recognize Tehran’s right to enrich uranium under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group will hold two days of negotiations in the Kazak city on April 5 and 6, with the main focus being on Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Tehran and the P5+1 have already held several rounds of talks the last round of which took place in Almaty on February 26-27.
The US, Israel and some of their allies claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the false claim as pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Iran.
Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

IRNA -(Thu Apr 4, 2013) Iran offers in Almaty based on its Moscow proposal: SNSC Deputy

Almaty, April 5, IRNA – Iran offers for the start of new rounds of cooperation with the G5+1 (5 members of UN Security Council plus Germany) are based on its Moscow proposal, Deputy Secretary of the Iranˈs Supreme National Security Council Ali Bagheri said on Friday.
He made the remarks in a press conference in Almaty.
“Iran offers to the G5+1 representative in the talks were based on Tehran’s proposal in Moscow negotiations; Islamic Republic stressed that the beginning, aspects and result of the negotiations should be clarified.”
Bagheri noted that the second round of fresh talks with the G5+1 will continue on Friday evening and if necessary, there would be more talks on Saturday.
The first round of fresh talks between Iran and the G5+1 ended in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday.
The Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, heading a delegation, arrived in Almaty on Wednesday night to attend the meeting.
The European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton is the G5+1 representative in talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The last round of the talks between Tehran and the six world powers was held in Almaty on February 26-27.
Jalili said that G5+1 had given an optimistic response to Iran’s proposals in the previous round of talks in Almaty.
Iran regards the move as a positive step towards concluding the case but believes that there is still a long way to reach the desired conclusion, he said.
Also, experts from Iran and the G5+1 reviewed the two sides’ proposals in a meeting in Istanbul from March 17 to 18. The two sides’ experts outlined topics of the upcoming talks between the chief negotiators of Iran and the G5+1 due to start tomorrow.
The latest report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency chief on Iran acknowledges that Tehran is conducting its uranium enrichment activities successfully and under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog’s inspectors.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of the UN Security Council sanctions and western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.
Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.
The Islamic Republic says that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of the IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran’s nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

Fars NA -(Thu Apr 4, 2013) Iran Offers World Powers New Round of Cooperation

A senior Iranian diplomat present in the talks underway between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, informed that Tehran has offered the six world powers a set of specific proposals for the start of a new round of cooperation.
“This morning, Dr. Jalili (Iran’s chief negotiator) presented the opposite side with Iran’s specific proposals for the start of a new round of cooperation between the G5+1 and Iran,” Jalili’s deputy, Ali Baqeri, told reporters in a press conference in Almaty on Friday.
“These proposals have been regulated within the framework of Iran’s overall plan presented in Moscow,” added Baqeri, who is an Undersecretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and the second man in the Iranian team of negotiators.
Baqeri reminded that Iran had offered a comprehensive package for cooperation among the seven countries (i.e. Iran and the sextet) to the G5+1 during the Moscow talks.
Baqeri also pointed out that during the Friday morning session, the Iranian side stressed the need for all parties to pay due attention to the “three elements of the start of the trend of talks, dimensions of this trend and ending this trend “.
“Iran believes that what is referred to as confidence building measure, which includes a set of actions that need to be agreed upon and brought into action by both sides, is part of a comprehensive solution and not an insignificant part of the solution or something alongside it,” he explained.
“On the very same basis, the proposal that Jalili offered to the representatives of the G5+1 countries this morning presented a specific framework to the opposite side,” the Iranian negotiator added.
According to Baqeri, the talks will continue this afternoon and, if necessary, tomorrow in a bid to provide both sides with an opportunity to exchange their views to pave the ground for cooperation.
Baqeri had also on Thursday informed the media that the Islamic Republic would enter the new round of talks with the G5+1 with clear, groundbreaking proposals.
Representatives of Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) started a fresh round of talks in Almaty’s Rixos Hotel, Kazakhstan, this morning.
The Iranian and the world powers’ delegations are due to start the afternoon session in the next few minutes.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili heads the Islamic Republic’s negotiating delegation and the G5+1’s representatives are led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
The last round of the talks between Tehran and the six world powers was held in Almaty on February 26-27.
Also, experts from Iran and the G5+1 reviewed the two sides’ proposals in a meeting in Istanbul from March 17 to 18. The two sides’ experts outlined topics of the talks between the chief negotiators of Iran and the G5+1.

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