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Jalili: 5+1 response to Iran's proposals more realistic than before

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili said the response of the 5+1 to Iran's proposal was more realistic than before.

Talking at a press conference after conclusion of talks with the 5+1 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he noted that the next round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 will be held in Almaty on April 5, 2013.

He said expert talks were slated for March 17-18, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Iran's security chief who also represents the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the talks, stressed that the response of the 5+1 to the proposals offered during Moscow talks was more realistic compared to the past.

He said the group has tried to come closer to Iran's views in certain cases which is a positive attitude for Tehran.

He explained that during talks with the 5+1 in Moscow nine months ago, Iran offered a comprehensive scheme for talks which focused on five elements of cooperation and set the basis for dialogues. The 5+1 was to consider them and respond to Iran, he added.

Jalili noted that what was offered on Tuesday was in fact based on some of the items proposed by Iran in Moscow.

Saying that closing down the Fordo nuclear site in Iran has no rational basis, he stressed that the 5+1 extended no proposal of this nature to Iran during talks in Almaty.

He noted that since Fordo was a quite legal and well-known site for the International Atomic Energy Agency which was under the watchdog body's surveillance there is no reason for its closing down.

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