September 14, 2009

Solana and Jalili agree to meet on Oct. 1

Iran’s nuclear negotiating chief negotiator Saeed Jalili and the European Union’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana have agreed to meet for the first round of discussions on Oct. 1. Representatives from the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will begin negotiations with the Iranians on the proposal submitted by the latter last week. A venue has yet to be set, but Turkey’s foreign minister stated from Tehran yesterday his country would be willing to host the talks. Here’s more from the NY Times (via Reuters & PressTV):

Iran last week handed over a package of proposals to the world powers, including the United States, in which Tehran said it was willing to discuss global nuclear disarmament as well as other international issues in wide-ranging talks.
The United States has said it will accept Iran’s offer of talks despite Tehran’s stated refusal to discuss its nuclear work, making clear it intended to raise the issue anyway.

Any talks between the P5+1 and Iran that include global nuclear disarmament will inevitably touch on Iran’s nuclear program – it’s just a matter of when the discussions get around to that subject.

The six powers — the permanent U.N. Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, as well as Germany — offered Iran trade and diplomatic incentives in 2006 in exchange for a halt to uranium enrichment.
They improved the offer last year but retained the suspension demand, something Tehran has repeatedly ruled out as a precondition. Refined uranium can be used as fuel for nuclear power plants but also provide material for bombs.

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