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G5+1 asks for more time to mull Iran's package of proposals

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, June 19, IRNA -- An informed source at Iran’s nuclear negotiating team in Moscow session says the G5+1 has called for more time to answer Iran’s requests in connection with the Baghdad proposed package.

The Iranian official said complicated nature of the talks and careful definition of Iran’s stances by the nuclear negotiating team to the other party have been the main reason for the G5+1 request for more time.

He said the Iranian negotiating team had in the two-days of talks with the G5+1 delegation offered comprehensive proposals and detailed explanations on its stances to the other party, prompting the G5+1 to ask for more time to contemplate on the proposals.

As for possibility of extension of the Iran-G5+1 talks in Moscow, he said it is unlikely but there is the possibility that the two sides will hold new round of talks at another time and place.

The Iranian diplomat said Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and Russia 's chief nuclear negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, were holding talks.

Iran and the six world powers (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) ended their third session of talks in Moscow Tuesday afternoon.

Representatives of Iran and the Sextet had two rounds of talks on Monday. After the afternoon session, Iran's Deputy Chief Negotiator Ali Baqeri described the Monday meetings as "serious and constructive", and said EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton, who led the delegation of the six world powers, asked for some interval, until today, in a bid to study Iran's proposals, its views on and response to the Group 5+1's proposals.

Baqeri said the Iranian team of negotiators presented Tehran's detailed response to the proposal offered by the six world powers in the last round of talks in Baghdad last month.

Iran and the Group 5+1 held several rounds of talks in Baghdad last month. The Baghdad meeting came after Iran and the six world powers resumed talks in Istanbul, Turkey, in April and after a 15-month hiatus.

Both Tehran and the G5+1 offered their own packages of proposals at the last round of talks in Baghdad.

Iran's package included nuclear and non-nuclear topics such as regional security and the demand that the G5+1 officially recognize Iran's right to uranium enrichment.

The powers want Tehran to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent fissil purity used to fuel a research reactor in Tehran which produces radioisotopes for medical purposes like cancer treatment.

In return, they offered to supply Iran with fuel for its medical research reactor which requires 20-percent uranium, and to ease sanctions against the sale of commercial aircraft parts to Iran.

No agreement was reached in Baghdad but the seven countries agreed to continue discussions in Moscow.

Iranian officials have repeatedly reiterated that the country's right to enrich uranium to the level of 20percent is Tehran's redline and the world powers should recognize this right in the Moscow negotiations.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1021285

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