Iran Says it Will Offer New Proposals to the West
Iran is going to offer a new set of proposals during the upcoming talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany on its nuclear energy program, Press TV reported on Friday.
According to the report, Iran will test the other side's willingness to reach a deal during the negotiations due to be held in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head the Iranian delegation, but sources close to the Iranian team told Press TV Zarif will be present in the negotiations only if other parties are represented by their foreign ministers.
Press TV did not elaborate on what Iran plans to offer, but according to a Wall Street Journal report a few days ago, Iran has prepared a set of proposals that it will take to the meeting in Geneva.
As an opening position in negotiations with the P5+1 group, the newspaper has said Tehran will offer to stop enriching uranium to levels of 20% purity, a level considered close to that needed to make nuclear weapons.
Foreign ministers of Iran and the six countries held talks at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 26, with the main focus being on Tehran’s nuclear energy program. Along with Zarif, the meeting was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Iran and the six major world powers have held several rounds of talks on Iran’s nuclear program. The two sides have agreed to meet in Geneva on October 15 and 16 for a fresh round of talks, the first since the election of President Hassan Rouhani.
Tehran says it is ready for “serious” and “purposeful” negotiations over its nuclear program and has called on the other side to show seriousness in talks.
Since being elected, Rouhani has urged the world to seize the opportunity of his election to resolve the nuclear dispute.
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