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Latest developments on nuclear issue on eve of 5+1 Group meeting

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, May 31, IRNA
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Foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (5+1 Group) are to hold a meeting in Vienna, Austria on Thursday to discuss Iran's nuclear case and finalize a package of incentives to be offered to Iran in exchange for suspension of its nuclear activities.

The five veto-wielding members of the Security Council -- Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States -- plus Germany will hold the session under a changed atmosphere after Iran's announcement that it is ready to hold talks with no pre-conditions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday announced that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) had expressed strong support for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Simultaneous with US President George W Bush's consultations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Jacques Chirac and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a spokesman of the White House on Tuesday welcomed Iran's decision to continue nuclear negotiations with the three European states.

Certain diplomatic sources in Vienna had predicted that a representative from Iran would be asked to attend the meeting of the 5+1 Group but the pertinent news has not been officially confirmed.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana is also expected to attend the session.

Representatives of the 5+1 Group have been holding sessions over the past month, but their talks have not yielded fruit following opposition by China and Russia to the possible imposition of sanctions on Iran if it refused to accept the 5+1 Group's latest offer.

Western states are convinced Iran will not give up its legal right to uranium enrichment and are therefore striving to find a peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear case.

Analysts believe tomorrow's Vienna meeting could lead to an acceptable consensus on Europe's latest offer to Iran based on developments in recent days.

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