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Iran nuclear talks will begin in Moscow

Monday, June 18, 2012

Iran’s security chief comes to Moscow


On Sunday, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili arrived in Moscow. He will take part in talks between Iran and the six of international mediators on Iran’s nuclear issue, which will take place in Moscow on June 18 and 19.
Mr. Jalili says that the Iranian delegation will present its proposals on how to settle the conflict around the Iranian nuclear program. He says that the world should respect Iran’s right to develop peaceful nuclear technologies, including enriching uranium.

Mr. Jalili adds that Iran is ready to cooperate with other countries for non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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17 June, 2012

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Iran nuclear talks will begin in Moscow

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Talks on Iran’s nuclear program will begin on Monday in the Russian capital, Moscow. It’s the third round of talks since April when the negotiations resumed.

Taking part are negotiators from the “group of six” — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili will also join the discussions.

The two sides remain far apart in their positions. The six countries are demanding that Iran halt its 20-percent enrichment program, which they say can lead to nuclear arms development.

Iran’s government insists it has the right to the peaceful use of nuclear power and is calling for economic sanctions to be largely relaxed.

If the talks fail, the United States and the European Union plan to impose a further series of sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports sometime toward the end of June and early July.

There are also concerns that Israel may conduct military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

It remains to be seen whether the both sides can find some common ground in this week’s talks.

Jun. 17, 2012 – Updated 20:59 UTC (05:59 JST)

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