TURKEY/ISTANBUL Sat April 14, 2012- The isolated Iran today, after a lapse of more than a year, resumed “Nuclear Talks” with the United States and Israel, after being threatened of punitive measures in shape of military action as well as advancing embargo on the country’s oil export by the United States and European Union to thwart the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weaponry.
The United Nations Security Council five permanent members, Britain, China, Russia, France and the US plus Germany, the crew named as P5+1 GROUP are having get-together with the Iranian delegation in Istanbul for the first time ever since January 2011, when they broke up devoid of any concrete accord in this regard. Iran claims that its Nuclear Program is purely for peaceful purposes such as, power generation and for medical purposes.
Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy leader who is leading the P5+1 group said, “I expect what we will see today is the commencement of a sustained process” to erect confidence between the members and “exhibit that Iran is thwarting from a Atomic weapons program,” he further added that everything pertaining the success and failure of this forum depends on how Iran acts today.
Saeed Jalili, the Iran’s nuclear envoy to the said meeting informed the state owned Mehr News Agency that Iran will be there in the first round of Iran Nuclear talks with a “positive spirit and initiative” but Iran will not compromise its program and will stick to its fundamental rights.
On the other hand, Jay Carney, White House spokesman said, “Our stance is that Iran must live up to its international obligations, including the full deferral/suspension of Uranium Enrichment as required by multiple UN Security Council resolutions”.
The meeting started at about 11 a.m. local time. The P5+1 group was interested in holding the following round of negotiations in Baghdad, within a time frame of four to six weeks, as informed by the two Western bureaucrats with the knowledge of the meeting
Michael Mann, a spokesman for the EU delegation said, “We’re hopeful that we will be able to announce a next round of talks soon, but results have to be substantive.”
Positive Aspects of the Meeting: The talks come two months after Iran’s willingness to start talks and subsequently, Jalili wrote to Ashton saying that Iran was ready to hold talks. He made the offer as the U.S. and EU increased sanctions on Iran which with the commencement of the said meeting is avoided for a time being. Secondly, Ehud Barak, Israeli Defense Minister said that time was running out to avoid a military strike intended to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and hence such action is halted with the start of negotiations. Last but not the least, Ben Rhodes, a Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House, welcomed the talks and stated, the start of talks is a “positive sign”.