Iran to resume nuclear talks with Turkey, Brazil before powers

Iran said it would soon resume nuclear talks with Turkey and Brazil, a first step back to international negotiations despite new wave of sanctions.

Iran to resume nuclear talks with Turkey, Brazil before powers

Iran said on Tuesday it would soon resume nuclear talks with Turkey and Brazil -- a first step back to international negotiations despite new wave of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear work.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he would return to long-frozen talks with world powers but on certain conditions only, and not before the end of August.

His foreign minister said talks would start before then with the two countries with which it agreed a nuclear fuel swap deal in May.

Turkey and Brazil successfully brokered a deal with Iran on nuclear talks. And Turkey and Brazil voted against the resolution at the United Nations Security Council, the first time a sanctions vote on Iran has failed to pass unanimously.

"There were some contacts with the foreign ministers of the three countries (Iran, Turkey and Brazil)," Manouchehr Mottaki told a news conference. "A joint meeting is on the agenda and we will announce it in the coming one or two days."

Ahmadinejad has called on the major powers to "clarify" three things before talks could resume: their attitude to Israel's alleged nuclear arsenal, their stance on commitments to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and whether they come to the table as Iran's friend or its enemy.

Russia call for new talks

Russia, which backed the U.S.-led push for further sanctions but has since complained about the United States and the European Union issuing stricter unilateral sanctions, said on Tuesday it wanted to get back to talks with Tehran.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he wanted talks between Iran, the United States, Russia and the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency focusing on providing Iran with reactor fuel rods so it would need to escalate enrichment itself.

"In the wake of the Brazilian and Turkish initiative, Russia, along with the United States, approached the director of the IAEA and proposed we arrange a meeting of technical experts from our three countries, including Iran, to discuss the possibility of supplying fuel for the experimental reactor in Iran, so that there will be no need for Iran to enrich the uranium to a level of 20 per cent," Lavrov said.

"I hope very much that Iran will respond positively and that this will help prevent the situation from deteriorating," he told reporters during a visit to Israel, which often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack.

On Monday, Russia complained to the U.N. Security Council about what U.N. diplomats said was Germany's seizure of items bound for a nuclear power plant in Iran, saying such moves were "not in line" with U.N. rules.

On June 19, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that France was ready to talk with Iran at the IAEA "without delay", using the Tehran declaration as a basis for discussions.

"Talks as soon as possible"

Meanwhile, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that talks about Iran's nuclear program should be held as soon as possible since time did not militate in favor of a solution.

Burak Ozugergin, spokesman for the Ministry, said at a press briefing, "there is no doubt that the agreement about uranium swap with Tehran is still valid. According to our point of view, the agreement should be considered as a confidence-building measure and put into practice. On the other hand, the remaining issues should be negotiated to find a solution."

"If the parties fail to hold talks in this process, they will be in a worse situation next year since time does not militate in favor of a solution. Talks about Iran's nuclear program should be held as soon as possible," he said.

Upon a question about the UN Security Council's decision to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Ozugergin said, "the UN Security Council made similar decisions about Iran before. We abided by those decision. We will act in line with the international law about the latest one. We wished that the UN Security Council had not made such a decision. We think that the decision would not serve efforts to find a solution to the Iranian issue."


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Haziran 2010, 17:15