Iran starts new round of nuclear talks in Geneva

TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (MNA) – Iran restarted nuclear talks Tuesday with six key countries, which came to Geneva expecting a new offer from Tehran on how to curb its nuclear programm.

The talks were the first since President Hassan Rowhani took office in August. He has vowed to solve the 10-year nuclear standoff quickly, in order to get crippling international sanctions lifted.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who led a delegation of diplomats from the five permanent UN Security Council member countries and Germany.

Ashton said she expected Iran to present new ideas in response to an offer made by the international group in April. The plan foresees the easing of some sanctions, in return for curbs on Iran's uranium enrichment production and increased transparency on its programmes.

Britain, China, France, Russia, the US and Germany - a group known as the P5+1 - are concerned that Iran could use its enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, while Tehran's leaders insist they need the material only to fuel reactors for civilian use.

Meanwhile, Israel urged the world powers Tuesday to reject a partial deal with Iran in Geneva.

"Israel calls upon the international community not to reach a partial agreement that would fail to bring about the full dismantling of the Iranian military nuclear programme," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet said.

Source: LSE



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