Wednesday, 16 October 2013

P5+1 talks scheduled as Iran refuses to remove nuclear fuel

Iran and the P-5+1 will meet October 15-16 for a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear program, IRNA reported October 14...EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton will lead the P-5+1, which consists of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany... The United States would welcome more bilateral talks with Iran during negotiations in Geneva over the Iranian nuclear program, U.S. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said October 15, Reuters reported...Iran have refused to send some of their nuclear material out of its borders stating this would be a “red line” and instead wish to negotiate the enrichment of the material...Both the United States and Iran require essentially impossible demands from each other leading into the latest talks...Iran is required to shut down its Fordow nuclear reactor and cease work in the Arak reactor where most of its nuclear fuel will originate, while the US will need to remove all of its sanctions on Iran...Neither position will be realised fully, and can’t be expected to...Iran have historically cheated on their nuclear obligations and are expected to do so again, so the US position only hedges against further breaches...The negotiations, while optimistic and a good future sign for the new president, are unlikely to see significant advance due to the Ayatollah’s hesitancy in ceding too much ground to the US, President Hassan Rouhani’s very short leash, and the American insistence that Iran make the first conciliatory move.

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