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Almaty nuclear talks filled with Iran's optimism, western concerns and
rumors of direct bilateral meeting with US
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On February 13, Iranian Foreign Minister
Ali-Akbar Salehi said that he sees bright prospects for the Iran-P5+1 (or E3+3)
nuclear talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan,
and which started on February 26, eight months after the previous ones.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said "political will" from
both sides is needed in order to "stop wasting any more time," and
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili hoped the P5+1 group will bring
"new strategy and valid proposals."
Despite Iran's optimism, France and Israel have already expressed concerns over the advances of Tehran's
nuclear program. Both countries rejected the remarks of Iranian ambassador
to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltanieh who
affirmed the latest IAEA report confirmed "there is no diversion (of the uranium
enrichment program) toward military purposes."
Meanwhile, there have
been growing rumors in Washington D.C. which said US
officials could "meet
bilaterally with the Iranian side." And with two main objectives in
sight according to DiploNews: assessing more precisely at what
stage is Iran's nuclear program and convince Tehran its current policy
could likely lead
the "military option" with unpredictable consequences.
the P5+1 group may extend an offer to ease "gold, petrochemicals banking
sanctions" in exchange for real efforts on behalf of Iran, said PressTV.
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