Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Details of proposed P 5+1 negotiations emerge

Negotiations between Tehran and the P-5+1 group of world powers over Iran's nuclear program in Geneva ended without an agreement on November 9, diplomats said...The talks are stuck on what to do about Iran's half-built plutonium reactor and how to deal with the country's stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said November 9...Fabius said France does not want construction of the Arak plutonium reactor to continue during final negotiations over the nuclear program, which could take six months...The reactor will be capable of generating huge quantities of plutonium, and France is absolutely firm on this point, he said...France also wants a provision for converting most of Iran's stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, which can be easily upgraded into nuclear bomb fuel, to a low-enrichment status, Fabius said...While the talks have stalled, they are planned to renew in late November...Some kind of agreement is likely to be reached due to mutual strategic benefits for both the US and Iran...The proposed deal reportedly on the table over Iran's nuclear program calls on Iran to stop enriching uranium to the 20 percent level, but it allows Tehran to continue enriching uranium to 3.5 percent at all of its enrichment sites and fails to placed a limitation on the number of centrifuges in Tehran's possession...Rewards to Iran include unfreezing $3 billion worth of fuel funds, easing sanctions on the petro-chemical and gold sectors, easing sanctions on replacement parts for planes and loosening restrictions on the Iranian car industry...The US and its Western allies apparently believe that a partial deal limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency is as much as they can get Iran to agree to since Tehran insists that it will never agree to halt uranium enrichment...Resuming talks November 19-20 will give opponents of the talks time to rally against the Obama administration for a tougher approach.

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