Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 10/ Trend, N. Umid
Iran will offer a new nuclear proposal during the new round of negotiation with P5+1 group in Geneva on October 15, Iranian Mehr news agency reported citing informed official sources.
The report did not unveil any detail about the new proposal.
Iranian Tehran Times newspaper reported that among the steps Tehran is expected to offer in Geneva are allowing the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, greater access to Iran's sites and the ability to call more snap inspections.
The international diplomatic bloc negotiating with Tehran, known as the P5+1 group which comprises the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany, last met with Iran in early April, two months before Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's electoral victory.
The P5+1 group, offered at the time to end sanctions on Iran's petrochemical exports and precious metals trade in return for Tehran suspending its production of 20 percent-enriched uranium and ceasing activities at the Qom site, known as Fordo.
The U.S. and European diplomats said Iran's previous government never formally responded to the offer.
Russia and China, both P5+1 members, have pressed the U.S. and the European Union to begin scaling back sanctions on Tehran in an effort to underpin negotiations with Rouhani's government.
The UK, also in the P5+1, is demanding that Iran take concrete steps to set aside its nuclear ambitions before London scales back sanctions, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, adding, however, that the two countries are taking early steps toward reopening their embassies, which were closed in 2011.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and Iran have intensified direct contacts in recent weeks in a bid to strengthen the diplomacy.
President Barack Obama spoke with Rouhani in a 15-minute phone call on Sept. 27, the first conversation between an American and Iranian president in more than 30 years.
Zarif met for 30 minutes with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last month in New York. They largely focused on resolving the nuclear dispute.
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